Barnsley’s residents are urged to commemorate Remembrance Sunday from home due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
While the commemorations for Remembrance Sunday will be very different this year, virtual celebrations will still go ahead on Remembrance Sunday, from 9am on the council's Facebook page. Residents can view a raft of pre-recorded videos throughout the day to mark the occasion safely from their homes.
Barnsley Council is urging people to remember from home, lay their wreaths in advance of Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, and observe the national Two Minute Silence at 11am in their homes or on their doorstep. Residents can read the updated guidance following the new national restrictions on the council's website.
The council is also reminding people to not come to the town centre this Remembrance Sunday. In accordance with government guidelines, all unnecessary travel should be avoided. Instead, residents can show their support by downloading an image of a poppy from the Royal British Legion website to display in their windows.
Councillor Steve Houghton, Leader of the Council, said: “Remembrance Day is a significant and popular event in the borough as we pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
“Due to the restrictions that are in place as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve made the difficult decision to mark Remembrance Sunday in a different way this year. Given that it is a hugely supported occasion in Barnsley, we understand that this is disappointing. However, the safety of our residents is our first priority, especially as our usual events are attended by a large number of elderly veterans and other groups who are particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“As we remember the fallen, we must remember that we are fighting our own battle with Coronavirus (COVID-19). We’re urging people commemorate the day safely by laying wreaths in advance of Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to avoid gatherings and minimise the spread of infection. Remember to keep your distance and follow government guidance to keep yourselves and others safe.
“We’re currently developing a virtual Remembrance Sunday event which will broadcast on our social media channels. We’re doing this so that you can mark the occasion safely from home. We would also encourage people to follow the advice from the Royal British Legion about the many other ways we can take part in Remembrance, available on the Royal British legion website.
“It is our promise that despite these unusual circumstances, we will remember them.”