Chelsea Pensioners march past Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday
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Remembrance Sunday Events In England Given Go-Ahead Despite Lockdown

The majority of regional councils in England have been encouraging people to observe the traditional two-minute silence from home.

Chelsea Pensioners march past Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday events in England will be allowed to go ahead despite the coronavirus lockdown, Downing Street has said.

Events will be allowed to take place outside as long as social distancing measures are in place.

A national ceremony at the Cenotaph in London will also go ahead, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

Guidance will be issued to councils across England about how to safely mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November and Armistice Day on 11 November.

The spokesman said: "It’s important that the country can continue to come together to remember the sacrifice of those who have died in the service of their country, and we will ensure that Remembrance Sunday is appropriately commemorated while protecting public health.

"We are certainly not cancelling Remembrance Sunday events, but we must be mindful of the risks that such events pose, especially to veterans who are often elderly."

The national ceremony at the Cenotaph in central London is usually attended by senior politicians and members of the royal family, as well as around 10,000 veterans and members of the public.

This year’s event will be on a much smaller scale, with ministers already urging people to stay away from the Cenotaph and watch the service at home on TV.

England is due to go into a second national lockdown on Thursday.

Charities Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland will broadcast a virtual service from Scotland on Armistice Day, 11 November (Picture: Poppyscotland).

Regional councils in England have also adjusted their plans for this year’s commemorations, with the majority encouraging people to observe the traditional two-minute silence from home.

Several borough councils, including Worthing, West Sussex, and Dartford, Kent, as well as York Minster Cathedral, will still hold commemorative services and wreath laying, though attendance will be severely limited.

The service at Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, which also commemorates the victims of the bombing of the event in 1987 and is normally attended by First Minister Arlene Foster, will be live streamed.

Meanwhile, events to mark both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day across Scotland have been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, though people are encouraged to take to their doorsteps at 11:00 on both days to mark the two-minute silence.

Services held in places of worship can proceed, as long as they are undertaken in line with Scottish government guidelines, but will be limited in size.

Charities Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland will also broadcast a virtual service of remembrance on Armistice Day.

Cover image: Chelsea Pensioners march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday last year (Picture: MOD).