ANZAC Day – Richmond and Windsor dawn services on but others cancelled, or smaller events than usual
Covid is still casting a long shadow, this time over ANZAC Day dawn services which again this Sunday will be somewhat restricted.
Only Richmond – at the town’s War Memorial - and Windsor at McQuade Park will be hosting events any where near normal, and even they will each have large by-invitation-only sections.
Colo and Freemans Reach, Kurrajong, Wilberforce and Pitt Town will not be holding their normal organised dawn services.
NSW Police have said as many as 5000 people can gather for dawn services – suitably Covid distanced – and they suggest wearing masks and carrying hand sanitiser.
It seems there will be a dawn service at Bilpin Oval from 4.15am, with the ABC’s Dawn Service program to be played at 4.30am.
There may be other events run privately but they have to follow Covid-safe restrictions, which includes not exceeding one person per two square metres of space.
Richmond War Memorial will see – as last year – an area cordoned off for invited guests, though anyone else can go along and stand outside the cordoned area.
Richmond’s ANZAC Day commemoration starts at 5am and organisers say you should aim to be there by 4.40am. It is a Covid-Safe event, and organisers suggest you bring hand sanitiser and face masks, just as a precaution.
Windsor’s service in McQuade Park starts at 5.50am, and again will be a controlled event with a cordoned off area with limited numbers allowed. Again, Covid regulations will apply but members of the community wishing to attend the Windsor event can view proceedings from outside the Controlled Area, which will be managed by NSW Police.
"Consider attending a local service, staying at home to 'light up the dawn' like we did last year, or watch the broadcast of the dawn service and the march on TV, " NSW Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Rohan Cramsie, told the Post this morning.
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