STATEMENT FROM HALTON REGISTRATION SERVICE – 24 September 2020

The Prime Minister announced on 22nd September 2020 that new restrictions will be introduced on Monday 28th September 2020. These will reduce the numbers of persons allowed to gather for marriage/civil partnership ceremonies. The new number is 15. It has been clarified that this maximum number includes all those attending, including the couple, witnesses and guests. However, anyone working, for example officiants, photographers, security, staff employed by the venue, third-party suppliers or catering staff 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.

Based on this guidance, we have developed local procedures for couples and guests:

In order to assist with the NHS Test and Trace system, couples must submit a list of their guests in advance of their ceremony. An electronic system is in place to collect this information.

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