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Guidance issued for Remembrance Sunday activities

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The government has published guidance to members of the public and advice to event organisers for marking this year’s Remembrance Sunday.

The guidance follows the announcement at the weekend that a national lockdown will begin on Thursday 5 November.

Local councils and faith leaders are told that Remembrance Sunday events can still take place at public war memorials or cenotaphs, if the events have been COVID-19 risk assessed, and if organisers have taken all reasonable steps to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The guidance sets out certain conditions, including that events should be outdoors, be short and focussing on wreath laying, that attendees should be kept to a minimum and that they, including military bands, should observe social distancing, and that public viewing of the event should be minimised.

Some people are legally permitted to attend events to commemorate Remembrance Sunday as participants, but while members of the public are permitted to stop and watch the event as spectators, organisers will take steps to discourage the public from attending, mindful of the risk especially to veterans and other vulnerable attendees.

For NHS Test and Trace purposes, organisers will be asked to record contact details for those attending, including spectators.

More information about the guidance is available online.