Marriage and civil partnerships

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) information

Update 29 March 2021

On 22 February 2021, the Prime Minister announced his plans for emerging from the lockdown and presented a roadmap with a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England. The plans apply to all areas of England from the dates specified, but are subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step. 

Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England

The changes planned are:

  • Step 1: From 29 March 2021 – Legal limit of 6 attendees but no longer limited to ‘exceptional circumstances’.
  • Step 2: No earlier than 12 April 2021 - Legal limit of 15 attendees.
  • Step 3: No earlier than 17 May 2021 – Legal limit of 30 attendees.
  • Step 4: No earlier than 21 June 2021 – No legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme – from April, the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings to help determine how measures, such as enhanced testing, might allow large groups to attend without social distancing).

The number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers, are not included.

Please email should you have any further queries and staff will endeavour to respond back within 48 hours. As soon as we receive further guidance, we will post an update on our COVID-19 page.