As Scotland continues with the easing of lockdown restrictions, some council services are to reopen but with physical distancing rules still in place.
From the 29th June, some weddings and civil partnerships can take place with restrictions, registration of births has restarted, and an increase in numbers attending funerals is permitted. Additionally, playparks have opened.
Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place outdoors with up to a maximum of eight people, from three households, and observing physical distancing measures. This is to allow the parties, who may not be part of the same household prior to marriage, and the witnesses to attend. The registrar, minister, priest, celebrant or any necessary interpreter are not included in the limitation.
Some registration offices will open to help clear the backlog of registrations for new births. However, this is by appointment only with times available to book on allocated dates depending on when the baby was born during the lockdown period. For now, the normal 21-day limit for in-person registration of births remains suspended.
While the number of people allowed to attend funeral services at Fife’s crematoria and cemetery will increase from six to 20, physical distancing rules remain in place and Fife Council is urging mourners to follow the guidance to help protect themselves, council staff, funeral directors, officiants and organists. The interment of cremated remains in cemeteries and the scattering of cremated remains with family in attendance at crematorium gardens will resume.