Coronavirus in Scotland: Government announces Remembrance events will not be able to take place across Scotland

The Scottish Government has published new guidance for Remembrance Sunday activities which states that they will not be able to take place unless they are held in a place of worship.

Restrictions within the five tier protection levels across Scotland means that remembrance events on November 11 have been stifled.

Under the new system, outdoor events of more than six people from two different households are not permitted in local authority areas which fall within protection levels 2, 3 and 4.

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A Scottish Government statement reads: “Whilst we appreciate how disappointing this may be, we have taken this decision based on expert advice to protect the health and well-being of the people of Scotland.

Remembrance Day parade, 2015, Bonnybridge.
Remembrance Day parade, 2015, Bonnybridge.

“It is right, however, that we remember the sacrifices of those across Scotland and the UK, the Commonwealth and our Allied Nations, which ensured the relative peace and freedoms we enjoy today.”

The Scottish Government has offered alternative ways in which members of the public can honour the fallen such as joining the two minutes silence at 11am on Sunday, November 8 from your doorstep as part of your community.

People can also still attend a service at a place of worship subject to maximum of 50 attendees in levels 0-3 or a maximum of 20 attendees in level 4.

“We would encourage everyone to take this opportunity to explore innovative approaches to Remembrance events within the restrictions that are in place.

“We appreciate your patience and co-operation during what has been an uncertain time and hope this guidance can at least help provide some certainty for planning as we head into the Remembrance period,” added the Government.

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