Organisations and individuals planning to observe Remembrance Day have been advised they must observe the Government’s official safety guidelines.
Health officials have issued instructions designed to protect as far as is possible all those taking part in wreath-laying and other events.
And MP Ian Liddell-Grainger says it is in the interests of everyone that they are adhered to the guidelines cover everything from a ban on communal singing to arrangements for social distancing and the recording of the contact details of those attending.
Mr Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, appealed for everyone organising remembrance events to take care to observe them to the letter .“By their very nature Remembrance Day events tend to be attended by members of the older generation and while we respect the importance of the occasion to them we must take all possible steps to ensure their safety, and that of others attending,” he said. “It would be unthinkable for many that Remembrance Day should pass unmarked and the Government has recognised and acknowledged that. Its guidelines will allow the holding of token ceremonies to mark a day which is of huge importance to millions of people in this country while making them as safe as they can be. I would urge all those organising or attending these events to accept that these are exceptional times which require exceptional measures, however irksome it may be that some of the traditional features such as community singing are absent. But if we are to get the virus under control there can be no relaxation of the strategy the Government has adopted – not even for Remembrance Day.”