Anzac Day services called off due to coronavirus

Maryborough’s upcoming Anzac Day service has become another victim of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, with the 2020 commemoration no longer going ahead.

The Maryborough RSL sub branch made the decision to call off the event on April 25 following instructions from RSL Victoria.

The organisation advised RSL sub branches across the state would be asked to conduct a single Anzac Day commemorative service only, which will be closed to the public.

The news comes after a State of Emergency was declared for Victoria last Monday, which saw non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people banned, and later saw non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 or more people also banned.

Maryborough RSL sub branch president Steve Braunton confirmed the local parade and service has been cancelled.

“On advice from the government and RSL Victoria there’ll be no Anzac Day march or service, which includes a dawn service this year. There’ll be no wreaths laid and we’re asking the public not to lay wreaths or attend the memorial on Anzac Day,” he said.

“There’ll also be no Anzac badge selling this year, but we will be setting up honesty boxes at a number of local businesses so people can still donate.

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