STATEMENT FROM HALTON REGISTRATION SERVICE – 5th January 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January further national restrictions will come into force in England from 6th January. The regulations which cover the national restrictions allow for marriages and civil partnerships to take place. These must only take place with a maximum of 6 attendees and where these can be delivered safely in COVID-19 secure venues. This includes those where a Registrar General’s licence has been issued, which can take place in private dwellings or other settings such as hospices and hospitals where safe to do so.

Whilst the legal position is that marriages and civil partnerships can continue to take place, subject to the limits on numbers, it is recommended that they should only take place in exceptional circumstances. The national guidance provides examples of when one of those getting married is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. The maximum number of 6 that are allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.

The government have previously published guidelines for ceremonies in the document named “COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships”, which is available on the government website www.gov.uk. If you choose to continue with your ceremony, you will be required to comply with all previous safety requirements and new rules.

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 weddings/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

Council Chamber

  • Maximum guests including couple: 15

Civic Suite

  • Maximum guests including couple: 15

Leiria Room

  • Maximum guests including couple: 15

Members Drawing Room

  • Maximum guests including couple: 10

Boston Suite

  • Maximum guests including couple: 15