Statement from Loyal Orange Institution Of England Grand Orange Lodge Of England
Brethren and Sisters,
As you are aware the Country is facing the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic which is seriously affecting our everyday lives.
Her Majesty’s Government has declared a lockdown in the Country, forbidding anyone venturing out of their homes unless it is for essential shopping, for visits to Doctors and Pharmacy’s and daily exercise etc. All social gatherings are forbidden, everyone must stay a minimum of two meters apart.
Following the Government’s guidelines and instructions concerning large gatherings, it is with much regret to advise you all that all Parades and Functions within the Grand Orange Lodge of England remain cancelled and, for the first time since the Second World War, this year’s Annual 12th July Parade has also, reluctantly, been cancelled.
It has not been an easy decision but we feel that under the current circumstances it is important that we continue to follow the guidelines of the Government and Medical experts during this epidemic. We must look after the safety and welfare of our membership, which is paramount, and we must also consider the safety and welfare of our followers.
We are all in this together and it is important that we all stay safe at this time.
W.R. Bather HDGM
Most Worshipful Grand Master
David Taggart HDGS
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