ANZAC Day services cancelled in NSW, WA, VIC and TAS
16 March 2020,
ANZAC Day services in NSW, WA, VIC and TAS have been cancelled by each state's Returning Services League (RSL).
All RSLs have made a statement saying the decision to cancel the services was based on securing the health of those that would choose to attend ANZAC Day dawn services on 25 April.
"Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, it would be irresponsible to allow such large gatherings as we see each year on ANZAC Day to go ahead," says RSL NSW acting state president Ray James.
"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."
Updated 3:22pm AEDT on 16 March 2020.