THURROCK residents are encouraged to privately mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day this November with commemorations at home.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I understand how important marking these occasions are to Thurrock’s residents, but it needs to be done in a different way this year as everyone continues to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
“Remote and socially distanced Remembrance activity with private services and virtual tributes are this year being encouraged to replace traditional events and parades. Thurrock Council, with support from the Royal British Legion (RBL) Grays Branch, have taken this approach to ensure that residents honouring this anniversary are kept safe and government measures, including social distancing guidelines and event restrictions, are followed.
“Wreaths can be left at war memorials but we ask that you please avoid significant times. You can also pay your respects by standing on your doorstep for the two minute silence, and you can support the RBL Poppy Appeal by donating or purchasing poppies from supermarket tills and online.
“Please stay safe while you honour those Thurrock men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice by making a small sacrifice ourselves and celebrating in our own way at home or outdoors following government guidance.”
Government restrictions in place from Wednesday 14 October in England ban groups of more than six people from different households meeting up indoors and outdoors in areas with a medium COVID-19 alert level. On Thursday 15 October the government issued guidance which outlines that all remembrance commemoration must adhere to social distancing including the rule of six.
The council is unlikely to accept applications for public events where a temporary road closure is needed on the public highway. Any applications for public events off the highway will be considered but the event organiser will need to complete a COVID-19 secure risk assessment and ensure social distancing is maintained at all times in line with government guidance.