Lockdown 2: Guidance for Remembrance Sunday published

Lockdown 2: Guidance for Remembrance Sunday published

Guidelines have been released on how to conduct local activities on Memorial Sunday before harsh new coronavirus restrictions come into force in England.

Limited singing is allowed, events should be held outdoors to reduce transmission, and attendees must be socially distant at all times as per government guidelines.

It includes preparations for local authorities, with England slated for a second national lockdown starting Thursday.

Local authorities, religious leaders and members of the Royal British Legion are allowed to organize outdoor events at a public war memorial or cenotaph on the 8th of November.

But memorial events should be brief and focus on wreath-laying, while a march by or parade can take place if the participants are socially distant.

Those who are legally permitted to attend events as participants include those who are present as part of their work, such as community councils and religious leaders, members of the armed forces, and veterans.

While people are legally allowed to stop and watch as spectators, the guidelines should take reasonable steps to “minimize broader publicity”.

Members of the public are only allowed to attend the event with their own household or support bubble, or individually with someone outside their household.

The guidelines state that limited singing together – including the national anthem and an additional song – is allowed outdoors, provided additional remedial action is taken.

This includes songs that last a few minutes or less, keep a distance of two meters between participants, and regularly clean the surrounding surfaces that are touched.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed Monday that a national ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph in London.

The spokesman said: “We certainly won’t cancel the Remembrance Sunday events, but we must be aware of the risks that such events pose, especially for veterans, who are often older.”

The national ceremony at the cenotaph is usually attended by high-ranking politicians and members of the royal family, as well as around 10,000 veterans and members of the public.

This year’s event will be much smaller and ministers had already urged people to stay away from the cenotaph and watch the service on TV at home.

Regional councils in England have also adjusted their plans for this year’s commemorations, with the majority encouraging people to observe the traditional two-minute silence from home.



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