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Media Releases 18 Mar 2020

RSL NSW Board Convenes Extraordinary Meeting on Impact of COVID-19

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Yesterday, the RSL NSW Board convened an extraordinary meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19 across New South Wales, and what members can do to stay safe.

“I want to reiterate that no public ANZAC Day commemorations should take place across New South Wales in the lead up to, or on ANZAC Day” said Acting State President Ray James. “The risk with large gatherings to members and the general public is too great.”

RSL NSW is working closely with the NSW Government to plan alternative means to show respect and to commemorate on ANZAC Day. “We are considering televising a small, private service under strict conditions. This is to ensure ANZAC traditions and solemn recognition can be appropriately observed” said Ray James. If this option does proceed, more information on this service will be made available once plans are finalised. “Recognition of the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women is a cornerstone of what the RSL stands for, and ANZAC Day will continue to represent that this year, and every year.”

The RSL NSW Board also took the decision to advise sub-Branches they could proceed with planning for small fundraising activities in the lead up to ANZAC Day, as long as strict hygiene and public safety guidelines are followed. “At present, fundraising will be at the discretion of individual sub-Branches. These activities are generally one-on-one or two volunteers to one donor” said Ray James. “As long as members act appropriately and continue to listen to guidance from health officials, planning for local fundraising activities can continue. Of course, if the government places greater restrictions on public gatherings and safety, members must respond appropriately.”

The situation with COVID-19 is continuing to evolve, and RSL NSW is committed to providing more information and guidance to members following consultation with the NSW Government.

 

ENDS

 

Media contact: Michael Green – mgreen@rslnsw.org.au – 0419 432 535

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