– With AAP
ANZAC Day Services cancelled across Australia
ANZAC Day services in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania have been cancelled after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a ban on “non-essential” mass gatherings of over 500 people on Friday.
Decisions relating to the April 25 commemoration were made in collaboration between state governments and their relevant Returned and Services Leagues (RSL) and publicly announced on Monday.
In a statement shared on Twitter, RSL NSW said “the risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high for these events to continue in their traditional format”.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The RSL has a responsibility to act in the best interests of veterans and the general public.
“In these uncertain times we must follow the advice of medical experts and do everything we can to protect the community.”
Following further discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. The risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high…
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— RSLNSW (@RSLNSW) March 16, 2020
1/5. RSL Queensland is advising its Sub Branches to cancel ANZAC Day commemorations in light of the emerging Coronavirus public health emergency. pic.twitter.com/AqMjwFLwwF
— RSL Queensland (@RSLQueensland) March 16, 2020