Remembrance Sunday (8 November) and Armistice Day (11 November) are important civic occasions that councils with their Armed Forces Community, faith communities, the MOD, residents and other partners want to mark in a lawful and safe way given COVID-19.
This web page signposts councils to information and advice to help plan local Remembrance events and pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Government has issued specific guidance for local Remembrance events, and has included a specific exemption in The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 to permit some limited gathering on Remembrance Sunday (Exemption 14).
Any events should also comply with local restrictions that are in place at the time of the planned event. Councils should also take into account the national guidance on outdoor events, including all cleaning and hygiene precautions.
Many councils are also planning to live stream scaled back events, so that they can still engage the wider community.
Councils may find the following information helpful:
- Exceptions in relation to The Health Protection (Coronavirus) legislation
- Hertfordshire County Council’s Guiding Principles for Remembrance Sunday events
- For Remembrance Sunday events taking place within the context of public worship, MHCLG’s guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic
- MHCLG’s COVID19 Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
- BEIS and DCMS performing arts guidance working safely during COVID-19
- LGA COVID-19 outdoor events guidance
- Association of Events Organisers guidance for event recovery
- World Health Organisation mass gatherings risk assessment tools
Non COVID-19 resources
- The Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Parades Policy Update outlines how branches have been asked to work with councils on issues including road closures
- Health Safety Executive guide to organising events.
Remembrance is the act of honouring those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.