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Weddings and civil partnerships are currently able to proceed with 15 attendees provided the premise is permitted to open and can accommodate this number in a Covid-19 secure manner following social distancing guidelines. 

To meet social distancing guidance and to reduce the risk in spread of Covid-19, the number of people who can attend a wedding and civil partnership at our register offices continues to be restricted. To find out more on the limits at our register offices, please contact our ceremony team on 03000 266 000 or email theceremonyteam@durham.gov.uk

From 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 confirm whether restrictions will be eased one week in advance of these dates. 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 that each step continues to be reviewed and may still affect a couple's plans. You can contact our ceremony team on 03000 266 000 or email theceremonyteam@durham.gov.uk for any queries you may have. However, our phone lines continue to be very busy so please bear with us. 

Full guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships can be found at Gov.uk: guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

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