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Remembrance Day calls

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Remembrance Day attendance under a cloud of doubt

As Remembrance Day approaches, RSL sub-branches across Gippsland are asking the State Government to clarify Covid-Safe requirements for services.

There is confusion around capacity and density limits, as well as vaccination requirements for attendees.

Member for Gippsland East and Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs, Tim Bull, said local RSLs need more details to plan for commemoration services.

"Victorian veterans will have another uncertain four weeks ahead with the State Government still yet to provide details on attendance levels and vaccination status for Remembrance Day commemorations across the state," Mr Bull said.

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"The State Government’s roadmap indicates that by November 5, outdoor events will be open to fully vaccinated Victorians, at 50 per cent capacity.

"It has left thousands of local RSLs wondering if the Government expects them to stop veterans and their families, for those who are unvaccinated, from coming together to mark Remembrance Day.

"Cenotaphs are outside, open-air settings. The notion that local RSLs will be able to determine a 50 per cent capacity is ridiculous.

"But four weeks out, Veterans Minister Shaun Leane is silent.

"Remembrance Day is a time when all members of the community should be able to gather to honour all who served and in particular those who made the ultimate sacrifice," Mr Bull said.

He said the Minister should announce rapid testing as an additional option for attendance, for those who are not vaccinated.

"After the cancellation and scaling back of commemorations in the past 18 months, veterans and all Victorians deserve an opportunity to come together to pay our respects."

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