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Religious leaders urge worshipers to celebrate at home to help plank the curve of COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 7, 2020 at 6:54 pm PDT

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With Passover, Easter and Ramadan around the corner B.C. religious leaders urge worshipers to stay at home

Leaders say celebrating at home can help flatten the curve of COVID-19

One religious leader encourages people to take their celebrations online by hosting video chats

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s religious leaders urging worshipers to observe religious holidays at home to help save lives.

While most people turn to religion in time of uncertainty, to help plank the curve of COVID-19 religious holidays needs to be celebrated at home.

Ezra Shankman CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, says worshippers who stay home during religious holidays like Passover, Easter and Ramadan are ultimately saving lives.

“As leaders within the faith and ethnocultural community, we are partners in helping to create the safest environment,” he says.

He says to plank the curve of COVID-19 in B.C., worshippers need to follow the rules – and not gather at churches or temples.

“Our top priority right now is to preserve the lives of the most vulnerable people within our community for us the Passover holiday for others, maybe Easter or Vaisakhi.”

Shankman is also encouraging people who celebrate at home hosts using video chats to share images to social media, “using a hashtag #stayathomepassover, for people to post about their Passover experiences.”

He says while many turn to religion in times of uncertainty. Everyone must follow health advice from the province.