BARNSLEY Council has urged residents across the borough to commemorate Remembrance Sunday from home this weekend due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus.
Despite the commemorations being in a different format this year, virtual celebrations will still go ahead on Remembrance Sunday from 9am on the council’s Facebook page - residents can view a number of videos throughout the day to mark the occasion safely from their homes.
Residents are urged to lay their wreaths in advance of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, as well as observing the two minute silence from their doorsteps.
The council is also reminding people to not come to the town centre on Sunday and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Coun Sir 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 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.
“As we remember the fallen, we must remember that we are fighting our own battle with coronavirus.
“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 their website.
“It is our promise that despite these unusual circumstances, we will remember them.”