Major outdoor commemoration events planned for this Remembrance Sunday have been cancelled following recent restrictions to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The Government ruling that outdoor mass gatherings should not take place where social distancing cannot be maintained between different households means that the annual ceremonies and parades – which can see thousands of people gather to pay their respects – cannot take place as they usually would this year. Residents are instead being asked to pay their respects from their homes.
Councillor Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member & Knowsley Council’s Member Champion for the Armed Forces, said:
“It is a real shame that Knowsley – and all the councils across Merseyside and the Liverpool City Region – are unable to go ahead with outdoor Remembrance commemoration events this year. But our priority must be to ensure people’s safety and adhere to restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“While Remembrance Day 2020 will be different, the sense of pride, respect and emotion will be as strong as ever as we remember the lives lost to conflict over many generations.”
Stricter measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 have recently come into force in Merseyside. Further information about the current restrictions and how these can help prevent the spread of the virus can be found on www.knowsleynews.co.uk