Leicestershire County Council is to suspend many in-person appointments until the end of January, in order to protect the health of staff and customers during the current lockdown.
Birth registration and marriage/civil partnership notice appointments will be postponed where possible to reduce face-to-face interactions.
Registrations of deaths will continue to be offered via telephone. The doctor or hospital will send the death certificate to the Leicestershire Registration Service, and a member of the team will call the bereaved person to make a telephone appointment and register the death.
Birth registrations will be deferred unless there are exceptional, emergency or urgent reasons.
Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies are not allowed unless there are exceptional or urgent circumstance, such as terminal illness. The service will contact those couples whose ceremonies are due to take place after the current lockdown ends to discuss their appointment.
The closures will be reviewed at the beginning of February.
Protecting the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is our top priority, which is why we have taken the decision to suspend some activity at the county’s registration offices until the end of January.
This has been a tough decision to make as we are aware that it may cause some inconvenience and distress to a number of people that may wish to attend the offices in person, but we also need to help to prevent the spread of infection, particularly at this point in time, by reducing face-to-face contacts as much as possible.Person:Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for regulatory services