The Government announced a separate process for honours and recognition for coronavirus and Covid19 for people that have made an exceptional contribution during the pandemic crisis.
Details are available at gov.uk Nominate someone for an honour or award – it is a more simple process which doesn’t require letters of support as a mandatory element. Furthermore, the response and evaluation times are targeted to be faster than the usual process.
We have approached the Government to seek clarification on whether such honours could be awarded posthumously (the “normal” honours process excludes posthumous awards) but are yet to receive further information. We will update this post with more information as we receive it.