Council readying registration service
Wiltshire Council's registration service is working hard to allow people to attend appointments to register births, and notices of marriage and civil partnerships soon.
The government recently announced that birth registrations, and notices of marriage and civil partnerships could resume in England from 1 June, so long as public health guidance is implemented to ensure it is safe for residents to visit the relevant buildings.
The registration service is in the process of putting the appropriate arrangements in place to allow people to make face-to-face appointments as soon as possible in a socially distanced, safe way.
In line with General Register Office guidance the council is having to restrict face-to-face registration appointments to people that are required to be there only. If this is difficult for anyone they are advised to contact the council in advance to discuss arrangements for their appointment.
Cllr Richard Clewer, Deputy Leader of Wiltshire Council and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said: "We really appreciate everyone's patience while we make the arrangements to get our registration service fully back up and running. The safety of those visiting and our staff is our primary concern and we will not welcome back people to our buildings until we are fully satisfied we are ready and everything's in place.
"It will, of course, be a busy time when the service is back and people will have to bear with us while we get through the inevitable backlog."
The date of the return of the face-to-face service, and the final arrangements, will be confirmed shortly.