The restrictions relate to upcoming events including: Prophet Muhammad’s birthdate (28/29 October), Halloween (31 October), Bonfire celebrations (5 – 7 November), Remembrance Sunday (8 November), Diwali (14 November), Hanukkah (10 – 18 December) and the switching on of Christmas lights.
In line with national restrictions on numbers at events and our strong advice in Lancashire to avoid households mixing, the decision has been taken to prohibit large scale events to mark these occasions in Lancashire.
Angie Ridgwell, Chair of the Lancashire Resilience Forum, said:
“We know these are important events for everyone in our community and we’re sorry that we have to do this. We haven’t taken these decisions lightly and really grateful for your support. By following this guidance we will all limit the spread of coronavirus and help keep people safe.
“While Lancashire continues to experience a rapid increase of coronavirus cases that puts the county among the highest level of transmissions in the country, large scale community events create too great a risk for the public.
“It is vital that we all work together to follow these regulations and avoid the temptation to break the rules on visiting other people’s homes or gardens to celebrate these events putting yourself and others at risk.
“We are working with various faith and business groups as well as charitable and community organisations – such as the British Legion – to see whether alternative arrangements can be made to mark these occasions.”
Unfortunately, trick or treating will not be permitted this year as it would increase the risk of household transmissions.
The Royal British Legion have also launched an online virtual field of Remembrance this year, providing an alternative way for messages/personal tributes to be left. This can be accessed by visiting www.britishlegion.org.uk/ .
The small wooden poppy crosses are now available to buy at the Tourist Information Centre with the requested donation of £1.50each, all donations go directly to the Royal British Legion for vital services to support serving and ex-serving personnel. Personal messages of Remembrance can be written directly onto the tribute, which can then be planted at Blackpool’s War Memorial or other fitting locations.