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Registrars coronavirus updates

Service updates due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Births

Last updated on 6 January 2021

During this latest lockdown period you will still be able to register a birth.

Where possible (if married), only one parent is to attend the birth registration appointment and no other children are permitted to attend. You will be required to wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the building and at all times will need to follow the guidance of the registrar.

Appointment times will be lengthened to avoid people gathering in the reception area. Please only attend the office at the time you are given, in some cases you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment.

It is still possible to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit before the birth has been registered. You will need to contact HMRC directly to make a claim, details can be found on GOV.UK.

Citizenship ceremonies

Last updated on 6 January 2021

If you have received a letter from the Home Office about your Citizenship ceremony please call 01803 207130.

Deaths

Last updated on 6 January 2021

Death registrations will now be conducted by telephone and appointments can be booked online. Please do not call to book an appointment if possible.

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

Last updated on 23 February 2021

Current national restrictions remain in place and there are no changes for marriages and civil partnerships in England prior to 29 March. The changes planned are:

  • Step 1 (second stage): From 29 March – Legal limit of 6 attendees but no longer limited to ‘exceptional circumstances’
  • Step 2: No earlier than 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees
  • Step 3: No earlier than 17 May – Legal limit of 30 attendees
  • Step 4: No earlier than 21 JuneNo legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme – from April the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings to help determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing.)

As is currently the case, the number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.

Please note, if you would like to book a ceremony the registrars are currently only taking bookings from 1 April 2021 onwards.

Give notice of marriage or civil partnership

Last updated on 6 January 2021

Our Registration Service resumed their face-to-face service for Notices of Marriage and Civil Partnership.

A number of safety precautions have been put in place to protect customers and staff.

Appointment times will be lengthened to avoid people gathering in the reception area. Please only attend the office at the time you are given. In some cases, you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment.

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