Groups of up to 100 people will be able to gather for Remembrance Day services on the Central Coast, thanks to a one-off exemption from COVID-19 restrictions.
“Remembrance Day is a major event for both veterans and the broader community to pause and pay their respects to our brave servicemen and women,” Mr Crouch said.
“Because of the sacrifices of our armed forces, we are able to enjoy freedom and a beautiful place to live in Australia.
“The easing of restrictions for Remembrance Day means wreath-laying ceremonies and other commemorations can take place with up to 100 people in attendance.”
The one-off exemption to the Public Health Order increases the number of people allowed to gather at community war memorials from 20 to 100 people, provided they adhere to social distancing rules and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said while some of our larger commemorations won’t look the same as in past years, this exemption means smaller services can be held in all local communities across NSW.
“Australians have paused to reflect and pay tribute on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month since 1918, so this is welcome news for our veterans community,” Dr Lee said.
RSL NSW Acting President Ray James OAM thanked the NSW Government for lifting the restrictions to ensure services could go ahead safely.
“With this year’s Anzac Day commemorations cancelled due to the pandemic, it is particularly meaningful for the veteran community to see Remembrance Day gatherings taking place,” Mr James said.
“Local Remembrance Day services have a significant role in regional and rural communities where the incidence of COVID-19 has been low in recent months.”
Local wreath-laying services and commemorations will be held at Breakers Country Club, Copacabana Beach, Davistown RSL and Terrigal Beach.