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Covid - latest information

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country – here’s the latest information on our services.

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Registration services and Coronavirus updates

Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is our top priority. In line with national guidance and government recommendations we have taken steps to reschedule services we provide where possible.

Coronavirus updates

Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is our top priority.  

If the below information does not answer your questions or concerns regarding a current booking or appointment, please contact us

Any updates and changes will be published on this website first.

Registration of births

For new birth registration appointments, please fill in the form below and we will contact you to book your appointment.

To start registering a birth, please fill in our 'Register a birth' form.

Registration of deaths

Registrations for deaths has moved to a telephone basis. Your doctor or hospital will send the medical certificate to the registration service electronically and we will contact you to make a telephone appointment, complete the registration and issue the green form for burial or cremation electronically.

Death certificates will be posted to you and you will be asked to make payment for these on the telephone at the time of registration.

These changes will remain in place until Government restrictions are lifted.

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Notices of marriage

Notices of marriage are being taken for ceremonies within six weeks. Contact us on 0116 305 6565 to discuss an appointment.

Weddings and civil partnerships

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are only permitted to take place with limited numbers.

There will be a limit of up to 15 people able to attend the ceremony or registration, where this can be safely accommodated. 

The maximum number includes the couple, witnesses and guests but anyone working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included in the 15.

Receptions after wedding or civil partnerships are permitted for up to 15 people in a covid-secure venue (not private homes) or outdoors in line with government guidance.

Following the changes outlines in the Spring 2021 roadmap, we anticipate restrictions will be eased if data indicates it is safe to do so.  

These include:

  • Step 1: 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 June – No legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme which will start in April. Details of the programme are outlined in the government's covid-19 response - Spring 2021).

The number allowed to attend will continue to include the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.

Please also note that some venues may be unable to allow maximum numbers due to social distancing guidance.

If you have an existing booking, we will contact you individually to discuss the options available to you.

Citizenship ceremonies

Following the changes to legislation regarding COVID-19 and the suspension of citizenship ceremonies, please note that there has been an extension to the period in which you should have your ceremony from 3 to 6 months.

Citizenship ceremonies will be by exception only and will continue to be delivered with individual candidates attending, avoiding gatherings.

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Further information

We’d like to encourage all our customers to stay safe by following and keeping up to date with the latest government guidance at and staying up to date with the council's actions to keep communities safe.

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