Armistice Day 2020

The Government has issued guidance on how to ensure those hosting local Remembrance events can do so safely. Local authorities in England can organise outdoor Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph provided a COVID-19 risk assessment is completed and they must ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to limit the risk of transmission of the virus.

The guidance also details what activities can be involved, who can attend, test and trace requirements and communal worship. Measures include keeping numbers to a minimum, focussing attendance on those wishing to lay wreaths and observing social distancing at all times.

Those hosting an event must also take into account the national guidance on outdoor events, including all cleaning and hygiene precautions.

The Government has also asked members of the public to mark this year’s Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday 8 November at home rather than at the Cenotaph.

The Royal British Legion has updated their website with suggested COVID-19 safe Remembrance Sunday activities. They have also have created a virtual field of remembrance where people can virtually plant their Tribute from home, and explore other Tributes made to remember the fallen.


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