Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Registration Service and Libraries 

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Stay alert and continue social distancing

From 4 July, In situations where it is not possible to maintain a distance of two metres, the recommended social distancing gap will reduce to one metre.

We continue to encourage all Essex residents to follow existing guidance around social distancing, as well as other measures such as hand-washing, in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

We are considering the impact of the latest guidance on all of our services and will share updates as appropriate in due course.

Keep 2 metres apart where possible. Limit contact with other people. Wash your hands the moment you get home.

Changes to our services

Our website includes information on what you should do, the latest changes to our services and how you can get help in your community.

Registration Service

Essex Registration Service has resumed birth registrations and giving notice for Marriage or Civil Partnership. 

The Registration Team are working hard to register births and in the last two weeks have already registered over 900 babies born in Essex since the start of the lockdown. The team are currently prioritising the registration of babies born before 30 April 2020. 

For those couples who have ceremony or partnership formation dates booked before 31 August 2020, and who still need to give notice, the service is contacting couples to arrange appointments.  

Visit our website for more information and the latest updates to Essex Registration Services.


We are now using a phased approach to re-open libraries in line with government guidelines. 

From Monday 6 July, 16 libraries across Essex will re-open.

From Monday 13 July, an additional 44 libraries across Essex will reopen.

For the safety of our customers and staff our libraries will look a little different. Customers will be able to browse for a limited time, return, renew and borrow books. We are constantly reviewing the other services we offer and will reintroduce them as soon as it is safe to do so.