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FAQs – what can I do for VE Day 75?

How can I celebrate VE Day safely?

We are asking you to celebrate in your own home, or back garden if you have one. Large scale public events, including street parties, are not currently permitted and applications for street closures have been refused because of the risk of spreading the virus – this is a decision that Dorset Police fully support.

Please do not be tempted to visit relatives and friends or take part in gatherings to mark the occasions – we need to continue to follow the Government’s social distancing measures and regulations that have been put in place for our own safety and to protect the NHS.

We want everyone to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day safely over the upcoming bank holiday weekend, but we must all continue to observe the Government advice.

Can I mark VE Day in my front garden?

We are asking that celebrations are contained to your home or your back garden to best ensure that social distancing measures can be followed and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Gatherings and events are not currently permitted.

Can I visit my local Cenotaph?

There are no public events planned for the public to attend in person. We are advising people to join ‘The Nation’s Toast’ at 3pm and raise a glass with the nation to the heroes of WWII.

Find out more about what’s on nationally that you can join in with, either online or on television or radio by visiting our page about celebrating from home.

Worried about a gathering or event?

If you are concerned that you have seen a gathering which goes against social distancing guidelines and if you believe there to be a substantial risk to people’s health, use the Dorset Police online service to contact them via their website.

What do Dorset Police suggest?

We all want to ensure that everyone celebrates safely and enjoys the day. The police are also giving out guidance about maintaining social distancing and celebrating in your home or back garden, and not meeting up with friends and families.

You will find information in Dorset Police FAQs