Wedding ceremonies across North Yorkshire have been suspended by the Government as the county tackles the coronavirus outbreak.
The Registration Service has also suspended any appointments to register births, and is asking residents to register deaths over the phone.
The wedding suspension will be reviewed in three weeks’ time by the Government and the service will contact all couples affected, giving priority to those who have the most imminent ceremonies.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Customer Engagement, said: “We realise people will be disappointed at having to postpone their wedding plans, but we are also sure that they and their guests will understand just how important it is for all of us to heed the directive to stay at home as we all play our part in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.”
For existing bookings that are postponed or cancelled, revised dates will be accepted from 1 September 2020. New bookings can only be made for dates after 1 January 2021.
At present, the service is unable to say when appointments to register a birth will resume. However, residents can make a claim for child benefit or universal credit prior to the birth being registered.
Those wishing to register a death must do so over the telephone as offices will be shut to personal callers.
When doctors have sent the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death by email, a telephone appointment can be made. Following the call, forms for the undertaker and a formal death certificate will be sent in the post.
Those who have a paper copy of the Medical Certificate from the Doctor, can drop the envelope through a letter box at one of our offices or email it to us at email@example.com