Changes to births, deaths and marriages during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

View details of changes to weddings, and registering births and registering deaths.

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Marriages and civil partnerships

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies

Following the Government announcement on 23rd June 2020, we are pleased to announce that ceremonies have resumed from 4th July 2020. However, due to the need to observe social distancing, there will be changes to how ceremonies are undertaken.

For office ceremonies please read our guidance particularly on the number of guests you may have.

For venue ceremonies, please contact the venue and ensure they will be open on the day of the ceremony and check any revised rules they may have, including the number of guests permitted.

Please be advised that all our advice may be subject to change without notice.

New rules and restrictions come into effect from 28th September 2020

The ceremony may only proceed if the number of people in the ceremony party is 15 or less. In addition, everyone (including the registrars, staff and the photographer) in the room must observe the social distance rules.

The 15 people in the ceremony party includes the couple, the witnesses and all guests. It does not include the two registrars, the photographer or staff from the venue.

Many of the ceremony rooms at the offices are not large enough to allow for 15 guests, and in practice, the number of allowable guests is much reduced.

The number of persons allowed in the room excluding the registrars but including the couple, the witnesses, guests (including children of any age) and any photographer and/or videographer at the following offices is:

  • Harrogate: 12
  • Scarborough: 11
  • Skipton Staincliffe Room: 10
  • Whitby: 8
  • Selby: 14
  • Northallerton: 8
  • Richmond: 6

At the following offices, the number of persons allowed in the rooms EXCLUDING the registrars, photographer and/or videographer but including the couple, witnesses and guests (including children of any age) is up to the total number given below.

  •  Skipton Belle Vue Suite: 15
  • Malton: 15

If you are marrying at one of the approved venues, you should contact the venue to check they will be open and ready for your ceremony on the date of your ceremony. You should also check their room capacity and what rules will be in place on the day.

From 8 August 2020, it is now a legal requirement to wear a face covering unless exempt. The rules are the same as the rules you follow when you visit the shops. This includes guests in the ceremony room.

What are the rules for receptions or parties?

Receptions of up to 15 people are now allowed but only if it is a sit down meal. Dancing is not yet permitted with the exception for the couple’s “first dance”. We recommend that you speak to your reception venue for further advice.

Please be advised that all our advice may be subject to change without notice.

Further information can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Notices of civil marriage or civil partnership

From 15 August, we are now open for appointments to give Notice of Marriage or Civil Partnership. If you live in North Yorkshire, but are holding your ceremony outside North Yorkshire, you should first check with the registrars in the area where your ceremony takes place before booking an appointment with us to give notice. We ask that you give notice between 6-4 months in advance of the date of your ceremony.

Book a registrar

As a priority, we are contacting couples about their ceremony in priority date order. If you wish to completely cancel your booking with us, we will send a full refund of our fees for the ceremony.

If you wish to contact us, please email us on: ceremonies@northyorks.gov.uk. Please put the date of your ceremony in the subject line of your email.

Extra staff are being brought in but there will be delay in responding.

Renewal of vows

We regret, that at this present time, we are unable to take further bookings for these ceremonies until further notice.

Births

Registering a birth

From 8 August 2020, it is now a requirement to wear a face covering unless exempt. The rules are the same as the rules you follow when you visit the shops.

Baby naming

We regret, that at this present time, we are unable to take further bookings for these ceremonies until further notice.

Deaths

Registering a death

From 30 March 2020, registration of a death will be undertaken by telephone. The medical certificate issued by the doctor will be emailed to us instead of being handed to yourself. Once the doctor has confirmed to you that the medical certificate has been emailed to us, then please book an appointment for the registrar to ring you

Book an appointment for the registrar to ring you

Once we have your details, we will check that we have the medical certificate from the doctor and will also check that it is correctly completed. We have a dedicated team matching your requests with the correct medical certificate. Please be aware it sometimes takes a few days for the medical certificate to be sent to us. Once you have an appointment, you do not need to contact us again - we will contact you.

If the matter has been referred to HM Coroner, the coroners officer will advise you what the next steps are.

If you have already been given a paper copy of the medical certificate, please write your name and contact details on the back of the envelope and post it through the letter box of one of our offices.

For the appointment, please ensure you have all the information you will need with you and you have a credit or debit card if you wish to purchase a copy of the death certificate.

Tell Us Once service

We have suspended the full service. The registrar will take the information needed from you to produce a ‘Capture letter’ with a unique reference number for the Tell Us Once Service. You will then be able to contact Tell Us Once online or by phone to do the ‘Enrichment’ service to provide all the details for the relevant departments and services.

Inquests

The Senior Coroners for North Yorkshire and York have taken the decision to resume Inquests from Wednesday 17th June. Please access details of openings and relisted inquests. All families will be contacted before the inquest is listed. For those who wish to attend the inquest, there will be strict social distancing rules in operation.

Copy certificates

We ask you not to visit our offices if you wish to order a copy of a certificate. Orders can still be submitted using our online order form.

Citizenship ceremonies

New citizens would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review. UKVI have advised us that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.