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COVID-19: Births, marriages and deaths

Register office building

The building remains closed to members of the public. When we do re-open strict social distancing and hygiene will be applied to all our work and shared spaces and you will be asked to adhere to these.


Whilst the Government guidelines state that you are allowed to register the birth of your baby, we are not yet in a position to do this safely.

We are working towards this and once we do resume birth registrations, we will start with those that are outstanding for the longer time (i.e. birth from February and March 2020). Please be patient and we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

In the meantime, you can still claim for child benefit or universal credit before the birth being registered. Not having the birth certificate will not affect access to medical services, including immunisations which are critical for your child.

Marriage and Civil Partnerships

All ceremonies are cancelled until further notice. We understand that you may be upset by this and hope you understand the need to keep you and our staff safe. We will review this when advice from government is updated.

For more information go to our arranging your civil ceremony page.

Birth, marriage, civil partnership and death certificates

If you need a duplicate birth, marriage, civil partnership or death certificate you can apply online using our certificates  form. When it is ready the certificate will be posted to your home address.


All death registrations will now be done over the telephone. Your GP or hospital will scan the necessary documents directly to the Registrar, together with your contact details. You will then be contacted by a Registrar who will take the relevant information. You can then apply online for death certificates, costing £11 each.

Cemeteries and crematorium

Our bereavement services team has made a number of changes to how they operate following the latest guidance from central government.

  • The main office is now open to the public from Monday to Friday, but only one family or person is allowed in at any one time.
  • The crematorium building is now open for visitors to view the books of remembrance, Monday to Sunday, but with only one person or family allowed in the book room at a time.
  • Council cemeteries in Scartho Road and Cleethorpes have reopened as normal.
  • Funerals are running and up to 30 mourners can now attend, but people must stay two metres apart from each other unless they are from the same household. All visitors must abide by social distancing rules at all times to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
  • The scattering and burial of ashes resumed on 4 July, but with a maximum of six people present. These services were suspended in March.
  • For more details please call 01472 324869 or email