21st July 2021

Last week the Government announced its decision to move to Step 4 of their Roadmap to Recovery – they described this next move as a ‘phase of continued caution whilst managing the risks of Covid-19.’   This means that from 19 July, legal restrictions to control Covid-19 will be lifted in England.

However, as a local authority we know that that Covid-19 has not gone away and in many areas, including in Halton, cases are high and rising. Our current rate of infection is 360 per 100,000 population (seven days up to 9 July), while admissions to our local hospitals are also increasing. Vaccination uptake is good; however, we have not reached a point where enough of our population are fully vaccinated. Halton remains listed as an Enhanced Response Area.

It is important therefore that we continue to act carefully and remain cautious, putting the safety of our employees and our community first – as we have done throughout this pandemic.

In considering how to approach this next step, we have applied these guiding principles:

  • Take all reasonable steps to make our workplaces and venues Covid-safe for our employees and others who attend them
  • Maintain our core services and ensure business continuity

Our conclusion, based on these principles and the current data, is that we are not yet in a position where we believe it is safe to remove all Covid-19 safety measures from all of our buildings, venues and services.

Because of this, it is our intention to continue with the measures that we currently have in place until at least 12 August, when we will review arrangements in the context of the data at that time.  In practice what this means is that we will continue to operate with existing control measures in place – this includes:

  • Continuing with the reduced room capacities as stated on our website
  • Encouraging ceremony guests to wear face coverings and to sanitise their hands
  • Asking guests to check-in to our venues by scanning the NHS QR code

Ours is an intentionally careful approach, based on our local circumstances and on the expert advice of our Public Health colleagues. This may mean that our actions moving forward are different from the guidance being by Government, or indeed from other local authority areas – who will also be making decisions based on what they believe is right for their area.

We appreciate that ceremonies may not go ahead as you may have originally planned. We will therefore either: hold any monies paid for a future ceremony or provide a full refund for all Registration Services provided. Couples who have ceremonies booked may now wish to postpone or cancel their ceremony; our cancellation and refund policy will also apply.

If you need to contact the Register Office please call 0151 511 7711 or email [email protected]

Kind regards

Andrew Lucas – Superintendent Registrar/Registration Service Manager

Revised Room Capacities

 Room capacities listed below are the maximum number that can be accommodated in each room with social distancing in place. 

Council Chamber

  • Maximum guests including couple: 45

Civic Suite

  • Maximum guests including couple: 38

Leiria Room

  • Maximum guests including couple: 22

Members Drawing Room

  • Maximum guests including couple: 12

Boston Suite

  • Maximum guests including couple: 25