Everyone appreciates and recognises the importance of Remembrance Sunday. It is an opportunity to honour those who fell in defence of our country in two world wars and other militarily conflicts, involving our armed forces, across the world. However, this year like so many other significant moments in our lives in 2020, adjustments will need to be made in relation to the current COVID-19 restrictions.
The Government has released new legal requirements that apply to Remembrance Sunday events.
PPP encourages anyone thinking of running an event to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus. It is sensible to discuss this with neighbouring businesses, properties and anyone you think may be affected by such an event.
The Remembrance Sunday event at the National Cenotaph will be adjusted this year to ensure the event is as safe as possible. Local events should be adapted to reflect the same principles. They should:
- be short and focused on wreath laying, with a reduced march past or parade only if social distancing can be maintained
- take advantage of opportunities for wreath layers to represent wider groups
- take precautionary measures as set out in the performing arts guidance for any small, military bands
- not involve communal singing
- keep numbers to a minimum, focusing attendance on those wishing to lay wreaths (more information on who can attend below)
- take reasonable steps to minimise wider public viewing, encouraging the public to observe the rule of 6 when spectating
- observe social distancing at all times
The number of people attending should be kept to a minimum, participants should always observe the rule of 6 and social distancing. Where possible contact details of those attending should be kept for 21 days to help with test and trace in the event of an outbreak.
If anyone needs assistance in understanding the risks of their event they should contact the Public Protection Partnership using the online Safety Advisory Group email PPPSafetyAdvisoryGroup@westberksgov.uk