Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus information for funerals, burials and cremations Our cemeteries and crematorium remain open, find out about other temporary changes. ×

Coronavirus information for births, marriages and deaths

We are working to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on bereavement and registration services. For that reason, we have introduced temporary changes.

Further information

Funerals, burials and cremations

Arranging a funeral, burial or cremation is a difficult thing to do at any time, and under the current circumstances even more so. Our cemeteries and crematorium remain open and we have introduced the following temporary changes:

  • Our office at Gilroes is now only open for appointments. To make an appointment please phone 0116 373 7327.
  • Attendance at funerals is now restricted to immediate family only. Immediate family are classed as:
    • Spouse/partner
    • Parent/carers
    • Brothers/sisters
    • Children and partners
    • Grandchildren
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning practices at Gilroes Crematorium.
  • Until further notice you will not be able to pre-purchase a grave plot.
  • We are not currently offering appointments to meet a member of staff to locate a grave or memorial, unless required for a burial.
  • You may not currently scatter cremated remains of loved ones with family and friends present. We are continuing to inter cremated remains.
  • From Monday 23 March, seating capacity in the Gilroes Crematorium chapels and Saffron Hill Cemetery chapel will be reduced by 50%. This is in line with the government guidance on social distancing. Hymn books will no longer be available.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Births, marriages and civil partnerships

The following temporary changes apply with immediate effect until further notice:

  • Our office at Town Hall is now only open for pre-booked appointments.
  • All upcoming weddings and ceremonies within the next three weeks are now cancelled - you will not be charged. We will notify you in writing.
  • We are not taking appointments for registrations of births
  • We are not taking appointments for notice of intention to marry or form a civil partnership
  • Copy certificate applications are not being taken at the moment

Citizenship ceremonies

The Home Office has cancelled all citizenship ceremonies with immediate effect.

Customers would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review. Customers should be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus

Please email the Home Office Citizenship.Support@homeoffice.gov.uk if the above information does not answer your question. We at Leicester Register Office are not able to assist further.