With over 30,000 people attending these Anzac Day services, Semaphore, Morphett Vale and Brighton dawn services have been heavily restricted due to organisers unable to meet COVID requirements.

Due to the difficulty of controlling crowd numbers, three of the largest suburban dawn services cannot go ahead as usual and will instead only allow a small number of people and necessary attendees. People are baffled by the reduced numbers of the services, despite the fact that 40,000 can attend Adelaide Oval.

RSL state president Cheryl Cates said, “We don’t want to go backwards with COVID.”

“We’re all trying to do the right thing for our veterans because they are ageing.”

“We are still holding Anzac Day, it is not the scale as usual…they [the sub-branches] can only cope with so many numbers.”

Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL stated on their Facebook page that “The logistics of managing a huge crowd and complying with a COVID Management Plan are immensely problematic, given that we cannot control entry and exit to the site.”

“We will therefore not be closing Semaphore Road, so the outside bar and food facilities usually provided by the RSL will not be available this year.”
A comment said “Are you serious? You can go to the footy, you can go to the shops, hotels etc, but not the dawn service! Shame on whoever made this decision.”
The services will still go ahead, though they’re scaled back to only the necessary attendees such as veterans and the elderly.
For those wanting to pay their respects, you are encouraged to visit memorials on Anzac Day or take back in Light up the Dawn where people pay their respects from their driveway.

(Photo by Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

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