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NEW YORK — Thousands are remembered each year on Sept. 11 at the reading of names at the World Trade Center, but this year, family members will not read out the names of loved ones killed during the 2001 terrorist attack.

A recording of the names will be played instead, a spokesperson for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said.

The decision comes during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and “was made out of an abundance of caution in response to COVID-19,” the spokesperson confirmed.

Family members will still be invited to gather at the memorial plaza in lower Manhattan for an event adhering to social distancing guidance.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.