Bonfire Night 2020 rules and whether firework displays will still go ahead

Bonfire night is almost here but sadly this year it coincides with England being plunged into lockdown for a second time.

The usual festivities will have to be rethought and many events across the country will be cancelled.

Events throughout 2020 have had to be carried out very differently as lockdown restrictions are put in place to deal with rising coronavirus cases.

Predictably many firework events have been cancelled this year in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

This includes dozens in London, and elsewhere including Nottingham and Lewes in Sussex.

From November 5 households in England will be banned from mixing, with an exception for childcare and support bubbles with one single-adult household.

This will mean that large events such as bonfires or firework displays will, sadly, be off the cards.

Restrictions on socialising with other households are in place for private gardens as well as indoors.

Following the usual firework safety rules and using common sense, single households can celebrate on November 5.

But having friends and family over to partake in the festivities would be breaking he rules, unless they qualify as a support bubble.

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Guidelines for having bonfires and fireworks

Do not have bonfires on public land. This is to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 and ensure members of the community are following rules on the numbers of people allowed to meet socially.

Bonfires are only allowed on private land with the owner’s permission, and must be supervised by an adult at all times.

If you do have a bonfire at home, make sure there is enough room to do so safely and ensure that bonfires and fire pits are well clear of anything that could catch fire.

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If a fire engine is called out to deliberate bonfires, wheelie bin fires and rubbish fires, this may delay a response to other emergencies.

If you do have a display at home, it should be carried out by a responsible adult and they must follow the Fireworks Code.

Consider your neighbours – people living nearby may have health conditions that are aggravated by smoke or increased anxiety from firework noise.

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