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Births, marriages and deaths (COVID-19)
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Births, marriages and deaths (COVID-19)

Marriage and civil partnerships

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can now take place indoors.

The maximum number of people allowed to attend a marriage or civil partnership will be 20, with physical distancing in place and where venues can accommodate that number safely.

This figure does not include any limitation on numbers of households, but does include the likes of:

  • the registrar or celebrant
  • any interpreter
  • the couple

It also applies to both indoor and outdoor ceremonies.

Please contact us on 01294 310000 to discuss your arrangements further.

Birth registrations

We have resumed appointments for birth registrations. 

A staggered approach is being used to reintroduce birth registrations. This ensures that all families are treated fairly. It also allows registration services to allocate resources to tackling the backlog. 

If your child was born on or before 15 April 2020 and has not yet been registered, please contact us on 01294 310000 to make arrangements.

Our registration offices will work to ensure that births are registered as quickly as possible. However, your patience will be greatly appreciated while the backlog of registrations is being processed.

Death registrations

Face to face death registrations remain suspended. These are now being conducted over the telephone.

If you need to register a death, once you have received the Medical Certificate Cause of Death/Form 11, please telephone 01294 310000 to make arrangements.


Funeral attendance should be restricted to immediate family only and should be two metres apart. There should be no contact, for example handshaking.

Families are not permitted to participate in lowering the coffin for burials. The coffin will be lowered by Council and funeral director staff only. Once they have completed their duties, they will step back two metres and the family will be permitted to step forward if they wish.

Citizenship ceremonies

The Home Office have issued the following advice in relation to timescales for applicants wishing to arrange a citizenship ceremony.

You must normally book the ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. However, due to the current circumstances this has been extended to six months.

This will be kept this under constant review.

No adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus. You do not need to contact us and no additional paperwork is required.

Registration appointments

Registration Services are operating on an appointment basis. To make an appointment, please call 01294 310000.