By Marta Jary For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 13:33 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 13:38 GMT, 2 November 2020
The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation.
But in the time of COVID-19, the festivities will be a little different, with raceground shenanigans traded for low-key lunches and viewings at home.
While the track and upmarket marquees are normally swamped by celebrities, this year the A-list will largely be staying away and celebrating in different ways.
Changes: The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation. But in the time of COVID-19, the way the festivities will take place will be a little different. Pictured: Nadia Bartel
Speaking to Adelaide Now, several big names revealed what they had in store for the big day.
Today show host Karl Stefanovic will be enjoying a lunch with his wife Jasmine and their friends, and has revealed he is backing Verry Elleegant for the win.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley is also going for the lunch with friends option, and will be backing both Master of Reality and Twilight Payment.
Song bird: Delta Goodrem will be hard at work on the day, belting out her single Solid Gold at Channel Ten studios, with the performance included in the broadcast. Pictured at the Melbourne Cup in 2012
A-listers who lunch: Today show host Karl Stefanovic will be enjoying a lunch with his wife Jasmine and their friends. Pictured at Derby Day in 2017
Another celebrity in the lunch gang is Richard Wilkins, who will also be watching over a fancy meal.
He plans to attend a shindig at Luke Mangan's restaurant in Waterloo,