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Marriages and civil partnerships


Currently weddings and civil partnerships are only able to proceed in exceptional circumstances, for example, where one of those getting married or forming a civil partnership is seriously ill and not expected to recover or is due to undergo debilitating treatment or life changing surgery. These ceremonies are currently able to proceed with only 6 attendees.

From no earlier than 29 March 2021, weddings and civil partnerships will be able to proceed with 6 attendees, (provided the premise can accommodate this number, in a Covid-19 secure manner following social distancing guidelines, and are permitted to open).

From no earlier than 12 April 2021,weddings and civil partnerships will be able to proceed with 15 attendees, (provided the premise can accommodate this number, in a Covid-19 secure manner following social distancing guidelines, and are permitted to open).

From no earlier than 17 May 2021, weddings, civil partnerships, and receptions will be able to proceed with 30 attendees, (provided the premise can accommodate this number, in a Covid-19 secure manner following social distancing guidelines, and are permitted to open).

From no earlier than 21 June 2021, there will be no legal limits placed on any life events.

The government will announce, one week in advance of each of these dates whether restrictions will be eased as planned, as before changes can be made in line with this timetable, it is essential that the government criteria has been met.

Covid-19 safety measures which include, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings, will still be in place until further notice to ensure everyone's safety.

Please bear in mind these key steps are still under review and may still affect couples plans. We expect our phone lines to be very busy over the coming weeks so please bear with us. As always you can contact our ceremony team on 03000 266 000 or email theceremonyteam@durham.gov.uk

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