Ramadan is normally a busy month for Khalid Tufail.
As one of the leaders of the Orange Islamic community, he's often organising prayers and meeting with people during the Islamic holy month, but the past six weeks have been a different sort of busy.
While he has had time off for Ramadan, Mr Tufail works in the microbiology department of Orange hospital, which is one of a handful of regional centres with access to a coronavirus testing kit.
That work - seeing positive tests coming in from across Orange and the region - means Mr Tufail knows exactly why restrictions have had to come into place during Ramadan.
"It's been very hard this year with restrictions, and because I work in health I understand that, I cannot question why it's been done, it should be done," he said.
"We're very lucky people have been following instructions. It's very positive for us, and we can see the outcome."
He said prayers and community interaction had been limited over the past month, but last Friday signalled a slow return to normal with 10 people allowed in at a time, but the timing of the restrictions lifting - just before Friday prayers - wasn't enough time to get word out.
Nine people attended Friday prayers on the first day back, but the week afterwards Mr Tufail organised prayers in groups of 10 spread across four groups.
He said one group began at 1pm for 15 minutes of prayers, with a second group beginning prayers at 1.20pm.
"Fifteen minutes for prayers, five minutes to evacuate ... we've kept it simple," he said.
With Ramadan ending either on Sunday or Monday - depending on moon sightings - Mr Tufail normally hosts a barbecue at the Islamic centre to mark Eid, but this year it won't be possible.
While many people head to Sydney to be with friends, some also travel to Orange from Parkes, Forbes and Molong for Eid each year.
While prayers will be held for Eid - with three groups of 10 for half an hour each across the evening - the normal feasting, celebrating and hosting a guest speaker won't be possible.
"That is the plan for Eid this year, it's nice and simple," he said.
"Hopefully for the next one we have a big one."
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