Owing to Covid-19, all face-to-face registration services were suspended to comply with social distancing guidelines. Due to the large number of birth registrations outstanding, booking priority will be given to babies that are two months old or more. In order to be able to resume the face-to-face service safely, a number of safety precautions have been put in place to protect customers and staff. Appointment times will be lengthened to avoid people gathering in the reception area. A spokesman for the service, which resumed meetings on Monday, said: “Please only attend the office at the time you are given, in some cases, you may be asked to wait outside of the building until the time of your appointment.” BIRTH REGISTRATIONS - where possible (if married), only one parent is to attend the birth registration appointment and no other children are permitted to attend the appointment. You will be required to wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the building and at all times will need to follow the guidance of the registrar. It is still possible to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit before the birth has been registered. You will need to contact HMRC directly to make a claim, details can be found on the GOV.UK website. DEATH REGISTRATIONS - death registration appointments will continue to be conducted by telephone. The registrar will contact the next of kin directly to ascertain the information. Residents are reminded that deaths do need to be registered within five days. If you require Bereavement Support please visit the NHS bereavement website. MARRIAGE AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONIES - all ceremonies remain suspended. Bookings are only being accepted for ceremonies taking place after November 1, 2020. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES - customers would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office, UKVI has extended this period to six months.