COVID-19 changes to ceremonies

Updated guidance on your ceremony and the number of people who can attend.

Changes from 19 July 2021

There is now no limit on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events, including receptions and celebrations. 

There is also no legal requirements to wear a face covering. However, wearing a face covering will reduce your risk and the risk to others, where you come into contact with people you don't normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.

Social distancing rules have been lifted. You should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others, particularly if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not yet fully vaccinated.

Attending a registration office ceremony room

Registration office ceremony rooms now have increased capacity. Please do not exceed the capacities as we are trying to keep our buildings as safe as possible.

To maintain the safety of our staff and the wedding party, there is a 2 meter distance rule between people working and everyone else. Our officers may also choose to wear a face covering on the day. 

Recommended measures for people attending ceremonies 

To ensure everyone stays as safe as possible, we recommend the following:

  • wear a face covering where you come into contact with people you don't normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces
  • wash your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze
  • stay at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community and consider individual risks, such as clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status

Full guidance is available at COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 at GOV.UK.

Contact this service



Cumbria Registration Service
Lady Gillford's House
Petterill Bank Road
United Kingdom


54.874155345816, -2.9108572724873