REGISTRATION offices in Staffordshire are preparing to reopen to the public from Monday (June 15).
The service will start with the registration of birth appointments only before gradually working towards offering all its usual services.
The date when wedding and civil partnership ceremonies can resume has not yet been announced by Government and remain suspended.
Protective screens, hand sanitisers and social distancing arrangements are being prepared to ensure offices are safe. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will also be distributed to registration staff where appropriate.
Customers will be asked to book a birth registration appointment online or over the phone and numbers of people in the office will be restricted to ensure social distancing is possible.
Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Communities, said: “Our registration staff have worked incredibly hard throughout the Coronavirus crisis in what has been incredibly challenging times for them.
“While weddings and civil partnership ceremonies remain suspended following Government advice, it’s good news for parents as they will now be able to register the birth of their child.
“All our registration offices will have extra safety arrangements in place regarding social distancing, hand sanitising and we will only be allowing a limited number of people in the office at any one time. While we will be doing our upmost to keep everything as safe as possible, we would ask that customers do their bit too by following all the guidance.”
Following a change in the law due to the pandemic, the registration of deaths has been allowed to be done over the telephone. This process will remain in place until the outbreak eases.
Parents looking to register the birth of their child should book an appointment at www.staffordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 111 8001.