Coronavirus: Latest information and advice 

19 November 2020

Funerals during the COVID-19 pandemic

Walsall Council recognises that losing a loved one at any time is traumatic, but it has been even more difficult during the current pandemic, with limits on the numbers who can attend funerals.

Government guidance states that:

Funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors. This number does not include funeral staff.  The actual number of people able to attend will depend on how many people can be safely accommodated within the premises with social distancing, and where the funeral venue manager has carried out a risk assessment and taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19. In some cases, this may be fewer than 30 people.

05 November 2020

Changes to Bereavement and Registration Services in Walsall from 5 November 2020

In line with the recent government announcement, national lockdown will be in place from 5 November 2020. The government has taken the decision to suspend all marriages and civil partnership ceremonies during the lockdown. Some changes were made to Bereavement and Registration Services earlier in the year, and these remain in place in order to protect you, and our staff. Details are available on the website.

24 July 2020

Walsall Council waives fee for rescheduling weddings

It has been agreed that the council will waive notice of marriage fees for couples who have had to reschedule their wedding plans as a result of COVID-19.

Approximately 150 couples from Walsall have had to reschedule their wedding plans. Couples who have rearranged their ceremonies and have a new confirmed date, which is after their Authorities for Marriage have expired, should send an email to walsallregisteroffice@walsall.gov.uk. A Registrar will then be in contact to arrange a new notice appointment.

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