When is Remembrance Day 2020 and how will Covid rules affect events?

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REMEMBRANCE DAY this year will be markedly different due to the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tributes to those who have lost their lives during armed conflicts will still take place but on a much smaller scale than usual.

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Members of the Royal Family are expected to attend this year's ceremonies

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Members of the Royal Family are expected to attend this year's ceremoniesCredit: Getty - Contributor

When is Remembrance Day 2020?

Remembrance Day is always marked on November 11 and is a memorial to remember those members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

In 2020 this will be a Wednesday.

two-minute silence is often acknowledged at schools, offices and churches up and down the country.

The tradition was first started by King George V in 1919 to mark the end of World War I.

Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice.

The tradition of Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day.

During the Second World War, many countries changed its name.

Member of the Commonwealth adopted Remembrance Day, while the US chose Veterans Day.

Usually the Royal British Legion organises wreath laying ceremonies at war memorials around the country which take place at 11am.

Poppies are usually worn in the run-up and including the day, to mark the occasion.

The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended.

Poppies are also used to raise money for servicemen and women who are still alive but whose lives have been changed by war.

The silence is meant to be time for people to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Veterans will be allowed to attend events this year but will have to adhere to social-distancing regulations

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Veterans will be allowed to attend events this year but will have to adhere to social-distancing regulationsCredit: Getty - Contributor

When is Remembrance Sunday 2020?

Remembrance Sunday commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

It is held on the second Sunday in November every year.

This means in 2020 it will be held on November 8.

It is marked by ceremonies held at war memorials up and down the country with many present and former members of the armed services attending.

Usually huge crowds attend the solemn events but will be greatly reduced this year due to the pandemic

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Usually huge crowds attend the solemn events but will be greatly reduced this year due to the pandemicCredit: AFP or licensors

How will Covid rules affect events?

While some acts of remembrance have been cancelled due to the restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic many are still going ahead but with strict rules in place.

The annual Remembrance Sunday march past the Cenotaph will not take place this year.

The Government led Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph will continue to go ahead as a closed ceremony.

The main organisers of the events, the British Legion, say: “We are encouraging people across the nations to ensure Remembrance Sunday is still marked appropriately by taking part in remote and socially distanced Remembrance activity, whether that be watching the service on television or pausing for the Two Minute Silence in their home or on their doorsteps.”

The march past the Cenotaph has been stopped this year because of the coronavirus

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The march past the Cenotaph has been stopped this year because of the coronavirusCredit: PA:Press Association

Will services go ahead this year?

Most memorial services will still take place despite the coronavirus pandemic but will have strict restrictions in place.

The government has given the go-ahead for local authorities to organise services and acts of remembrance but these must adhere to the restrictions in place for the tier level the area is in.

A risk assessment must be carried out and “all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus” must be taken.

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Event organisers should keep numbers to a minimum.

People who are allowed to attend include: those attending in a professional capacity, such as MPs, current members of the armed forces, veterans, and carers, of the armed forces and people attending who represent a recognised organisation.

Members of the public can stop and watch the memorial but must keep to social-distancing rules and keep to the rule of six.

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