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Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events can go ahead, Downing Street confirm

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Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events can go ahead, Downing Street confirm


Events to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day will go ahead in England despite the new coronavirus lockdown, Downing Street confirmed today.

A national commemoration service at the Cenotaph will also get the green light – but it is likely to look very different to previous years.

Broadcasters will show the central London service, which usually features senior politicians, military officials and members of the royal family laying wreaths to commemorate the dead.

Local councils will also be allowed to organise events – but they must be outdoors and they observe social distancing, a spokesman for the PM confirmed.

A spokesman for Boris Johnson stressed the importance of paying respects to those who have paid the ultimate price for their country.

The exact details of what the rules will be for local gatherings is expected to be published later today.

It came after reports that Matt Hancock suggested to Tory admitted that the usual local services at memorials would not take place.

Remembrance Sunday will be different this year
Remembrance Sunday will be different this year

Outdoor socialising between more than two people is banned from Thursday, and Mr Hancock told MPs that only “short, focused” wreath-laying would be permitted.

The public has been encouraged to stay away from the annual service at the Cenotaph in London.

In Wales, exceptions to the restrictions have been made to allow people to mark Remembrance Day.

But events across Scotland have been cancelled due to measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scottish Government restrictions that came into force on Monday have led to the cancellation of commemorative events that would have been held on November 8 and 11 throughout areas in Levels 1 to 3.

Despite this, people are being encouraged to take to their doorsteps at 11am on both days to mark the two-minute silence.

Crowds have been urged not to gather for the events

Legion Scotland chief executive Claire Armstrong said: “Coronavirus must not cancel remembrance but public safety is paramount.

“The Scottish Government guidance means that it is simply not safe to proceed with our planned national events.

“It also means that for most of the country, local remembrance events cannot take place either.

“However, we can and must take time as a nation to observe the two-minute silence safely and ensure we come together in spirit to pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

She added the charity will still hold a small private service and wreath-laying within the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle, which will be attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.





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