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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Register Office update

The risks of coronavirus remain high. To keep everyone safe, please stay cautious. Get the latest information about coronavirus.

We recommend that anyone coming to the Register Office takes a lateral flow test before attending, and also wears a face covering while inside the building. Please do not come to the Register Office if you have coronavirus symptoms. If you need more information, please contact a member of staff on 01642 729004, and we'll be happy to help.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - wedding and civil partnership ceremonies

End of coronavirus restrictions - from 19 July 2021

Following the removal of all coronavirus restrictions on 19 July 2021, we will include the following at marriage ceremonies if requested:

  • a standard but meaningful script (covering the legislative requirements), which can be followed by the exchange of personal vows, to be provided by couples, to be read out after the ring exchange
  • an opportunity for a reading
  • a choice of music, either chosen from the Register Office's collection or provided by the wedding party, to be played via Bluetooth (subject to the availability of technology)
  • a guest to act as a ring bearer or to give the bride or groom away, with bridesmaids and flower girls if requested

We do recommended that face coverings are worn in the building, but this is no longer a legal requirement. We also ask that each guest uses hand sanitiser after entering the building.

Social distancing rules have been lifted so ceremony rooms will be able to hold their maximum capacity. For the Erimus room, this is 40 guests, and for the Victoria room, this is 10 guests. These numbers are subject to future government announcements and changes.

Full guidance about weddings and civil partnerships is available on GOV.UK.

Our phone lines are currently extremely busy. If you want to cancel or reschedule your booking, please email us at register@middlesbrough.gov.uk, with the date of your ceremony in the email subject line.

We're monitoring the situation on a daily basis and would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Permanent changes to guest numbers in our ceremony rooms

We've reviewed and risk-assessed the number of guests our ceremony rooms can hold, and we're making some changes. For the safety and comfort of our guests and staff, we're reducing the number of people we can fit in our rooms. These changes are permanent, and will apply even when there is no longer a legal limit on attendees at ceremonies.

The Erimus ceremony room is now limited to the bride and groom and 40 guests, which includes your 2 witnesses to sign the register.

The Victoria ceremony room is now limited to the bride and groom and 10 guests, which includes your 2 witnesses to sign the register.

The statutory ceremony room is limited to the bride and groom, and 2 witnesses, only.