When is Remembrance Sunday 2020? Date we observe Poppy Day in the UK this year - and how Covid restrictions will impact activities

Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday events have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic

UK residents have been urged to observe remembrance day from home due to the coronavirus pandemic (Getty Images)
UK residents have been urged to observe remembrance day from home due to the coronavirus pandemic (Getty Images)

On 11 November, millions of citizens across the Commonwealth will pause to mark the 102nd anniversary of the signing of the First World War armistice.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, commemorations will take a different form in 2020, with ceremonies across the UK already cancelled because of social distancing restrictions.

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Major ceremonies involving the Royal Family, meanwhile, have been stripped back.

Here’s what you need to know about Remembrance Day in 2020 - and how you can show your respect while observing coronavirus restrictions.

When is Remembrance Day and Remmbrance Sunday?

As it does every year Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day, takes place on November 11.

Remembrance Sunday services this year will take place on November 8.

How have Remembrance Day services been affected?

The government has said that local remembrance events will be required to observe social distancing rules, including limits on the number of attendees.

Remembrance Sunday services this year will only be permitted to take place online or outdoors.

What will Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph look like this year?

The Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London, which is typically attended by thousands, will be stripped back for 2020 in order to limit mass gatherings.

The Royal British Legion confirmed that the event, which takes place on 8 November, will be closed for the first time in its history.

In a statement the organisation said, “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.”

How can I mark Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday?

Despite the absence of mass gatherings, the Royal British Legion is still asking citizens to pay their respects.

It has asked people to mark the day “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 Poppy Appeal is also running as usual despite the pandemic, and the symbols of respect will be available to purchase from local supermarkets in return for a donation.

Donations can also be made here.