covid-19 update

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COVID-19 UPDATE – 24th June 2020

Marriages & Civil Partnerships

This is a fast moving situation, we plan to keep these pages updated as more information becomes available.  There may be local changes, so best to contact your local authority.

Scotland:  You can find details here: Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registration offices will be open from the 29th June 2020 for high priority tasks.

Events such as weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies that are due to take place in public places, including in places of worship, are still not permitted. However from 29th June, a public gathering outdoors for a ceremony such as a marriage or civil partnership can take place with a minimal number of attendees.

Members of three separate households, to a maximum number of 8 people, will be permitted to attend an outdoor wedding or civil partnership.  This is to allow the parties, who may not be part of the same household prior to marriage and the witnesses to attend.  This limitation does not include the registrar / celebrant or any necessary interpreter.

More information on Phase 2 can be found here

England and Wales:  Find your Local Registrar Office

There’s no change at this time – you cannot gather in sufficient numbers indoors to enable a wedding ceremony. Marriages and civil partnerships under the special procedure for those who are seriously ill and not expected to recover, are taking place in some cases where it is safe to do so in line with PHE guidance.

Northern Ireland latest statement:  ‘Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus (Covid 19), the General Register Office would like to advise customers that the public search room at Colby House is closed from Wednesday 18 March and the public counter will be closed from Thursday 19 March until further notice’.  You can apply for life event certificates by telephone on: 0300 200 7890 or online: Registration Services


At present the guidance for the whole of the UK is that funerals should continue, as normally as possible (for now), but taking into account all of the guidelines issued by government for minimising the risk of transmission. In consultation with local crematoria and cemeteries, Funeral homes and families should assess each funeral individually and consider whether it might mean smaller numbers of people and organising a celebration of life or memorial service planned for a later date.

See specific guidance for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Contact Fuze Ceremonies Celebrants we can help families by offering a video family meeting and webcasting ceremonies to enable other mourners to participate.  Get in touch 0800 014 8237 


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