How Surrey residents can show their respects this Remembrance Sunday
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent Government guidance, showing respect on Remembrance Sunday will need to be conducted in a different way this year.
Guidance on how Remembrance Sunday activities can take place in line with the current Covid-19 restrictions and requirements in England can be found on Gov.uk website. You can also check the COVID-19 alert levels for your local area in Surrey.
- Can I attend a service at my local place of worship?
- Will there be parades?
- Can I visit a war memorial?
- Will there be wreath laying at war memorials?
- Where can we show our respect at 11am on Sunday 8 November for the two minute silence?
- Where can I buy a poppy?
Can I attend a service at my local place of worship?
You will need to speak to your local place of worship to find out what local arrangements they have in place. Many services will be live streamed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Please follow Government guidance regarding places of worship.
Will there be parades?
As a result of Covid-19, the Royal British Legion (RBL) will not be requesting any road closures for parades this year across Surrey.
Although road closures are the responsibility of district and borough councils, we would advise everyone to follow the same advice as that of RBL.
Can I visit a war memorial?
You can, but please do so whilst following all current guidance on the Government's coronavirus webpage. Please be respectful of others who may be visiting too. We would advise residents do not visit at 11am on Sunday 8 November and 11am on Wednesday 11 November to avoid large groups gathering.
Please be respectful of others who may be waiting to take their turn.
Will there be wreath laying at war memorials?
If events are being held, they should be in keeping with the Government's guidance. Wreath laying may take place either before or throughout the day, on a phased basis, to avoid large groups and to ensure social distancing.
The Royal British Legion standard bearer may attend along with a small group. Standard bearers have been instructed not to take part in any parade but may participate from a static position.
Where can we show our respect at 11am on Sunday 8 November for the two minute silence?
We encourage all Surrey residents to take part in the two minute silence on their doorstep, or inside their homes, as a mark of remembrance at 11am on Sunday 8 November (Remembrance Sunday) and Wednesday 11 November (Armistice Day).
A national service will be televised as well as local services (held by both councils and places of worship) streamed online.
Where can I buy a poppy?
The Royal British Legion are asking everyone to back the Poppy Appeal in a new way to adapt to the threat of Covid-19. Please visit the Royal British Legion website for key ways to get involved and support - from fundraising and taking part in virtual Poppy Runs, to ordering poppies and buying poppy merchandise from their Poppy Shop.