Health and wellbeing Coronavirus - Registrars, funerals and cemeteries

Marriage and civil partnership

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday 23 June 2020 his plans to continue to support the economy and further ease lockdown restrictions. From 4 July religious and civil marriage ceremonies and civil partnership formations recommenced in England however certain conditions around social distancing must be met. This will require significant changes in how we are able to provide and attend ceremonies.

The Prime Minister announced that up to 30 people would be able to attend ceremonies, provided the venue is Covid Secure, and social distancing requirements are met. Each venue is required to complete a health and safety risk assessment to determine the maximum number of people that can safely attend in that venue. Unfortunately, due to ventilation issues in our ceremonies suite, the maximum number of people able to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony at Heron House is currently 8 people: the couple and 6 guests.

Read the government COVID-19 guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

New bookings for marriages and civil Partnerships

As of Monday 13 July we will be able to take new bookings for ceremonies at the Pankhurst Suite, or for a registrar to attend a ceremony at one of our approved premises.  If you already have a booking and you would like to cancel or postpone your ceremony please email stating both your names, the date and the place of your ceremony and we will advise accordingly.

Giving notice of intention to marry/enter into civil partnership

Until further notice we are only taking notices of marriage and civil partnerships for couples where it is date critical.  If you have booked your ceremony and you need to give notice as a matter of urgency please contact the office by email stating both your names, the date and the place of your ceremony and a contact telephone number, if you meet the criteria for an emergency appointment a member of staff will contact you to discuss.

Ceremonies that have already been booked.

Ceremonies in the Pankhurst Suite at Heron House recommenced on Monday 6 July 2020, however due to ventilation issues until further notice all ceremonies will take place in the waiting area.  The windows and doors in this area will be open at all times, only the couple and 6 guests may attend, social distancing must be adhered to, the only ceremony available at this time is a standard ceremony, no readings, music etc.  We are in the process of contacting couples who have a ceremony booked with us in date order to discuss whether they still wish to go ahead, cancel or postpone.  If you have a booking, please be patient we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Information about marriages in the Pankhurst Suite

Information about civil partnerships in the Pankhurst Suite

Ceremonies at approved premises recommenced on Saturday 4 July 2020, however before Registrars attend any venue we will need assurance from the venue that they have completed a risk assessment and that they are Covid secure.  We are currently in the process of contacting couples who have Registrars booked with us to attend their ceremony in date order.  If you have a booking, please be patient we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

The guidance states up to 30 people will be able to attend ceremonies at approved venues providing it is safe to do so.  Please check with your chosen venue how many people they can safely accommodate.  In line with Government Guidance the ceremony itself will be kept to a minimum, this means that until further notice there won’t be an option to choose your own ceremony, add readings etc.  There will be no opportunity to make an entrance into the room (walk down the aisle).  Recorded music can be played during the signing of the register.    Photography and videoing is permitted during the ceremony providing social distancing is adhered to.  Unfortunately there won’t be an opportunity to pose with the register after the ceremony for photographs.

Information about marriages at approved premises

Information about civil partnerships at approved premises

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