Coronavirus: Births, marriages and deaths | Coronavirus: Births, marriages and deaths | Oldham Council
Coronavirus update and advice

Stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can, limit contact with other people, keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible), wash your hands regularly.

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Wedding ceremonies

Wedding ceremonies can recommence in a number of settings with a maximum of 30 people.

Wedding receptions are still not permitted unless they are outdoors and for a maximum of 6 people. 

Any receptions held indoors can only take place following the current government guidance where a support bubble has been created. Please note that the requirement for social distancing remains in place at 2 metres unless this is not possible and then 1metre providing other safeguarding measures are in place.

We are currently working on how we can recommence the service in a safe way and will provide an update as soon as possible. We will also be contacting couples who have not already postponed their weddings to discuss the nature of the wedding service that can be offered during the current period.

Couples who have arranged weddings at non-council venues will need to be aware that the registrars’ staff cannot attend until a satisfactory risk assessment has been received. 

Other ceremonies

All baptisms and social events are currently cancelled owing to the coronavirus.

Funeral services restrictions

As part of government response to coronavirus we have had to introduce restrictions and changes to funeral services:

Registering a death

Some changes to the way deaths are registered have been made because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will now be possible to register the death by telephone. Please phone us on 0161 770 8960 for advice.

If you need to register a death of someone who has had a coronavirus, and you have had close contact with them, please follow the advice to self-isolate and do not attend the Register Office.

Please phone us on 0161 770 8960 for advice in these circumstances.

Registering a birth

Book an appointment online

Attending the Register Office

The Register Office is currently closed unless you have made an arrangement with the service.

If you know you have been in contact with someone who has shown symptoms of coronavirus, please do not attend the Register Office under any circumstances, but phone us for advice on 0161 770 8960. 

Our customers are often vulnerable people who could be highly susceptible, including newborn babies and elderly relatives.