The Ministry of Justice informs about the registration of marriages in civil registry offices and churches 31.03.2020
The Ministry of Justice notes that on the basis of Cabinet Order No. 138 adopted on 29 March 2020, “Amendments to Cabinet Order No. 103 adopted on 12 March 2020, “Regarding the Declaration of the Emergency Situation””, any private events, including wedding ceremonies, which involve several people gathering together, are prohibited, however, the registration of a civil status (marriage) at a civil registry office or church, in the presence of only those persons who wish to conclude a marriage, and two adult witnesses, is not currently prohibited and may take place.
Registration of a marriage as a legal act at a civil registry office or church is possible only in those cases when the civil registry office or church can ensure a two-metre distance between persons, and if is possible to comply with other imposed social (physical) distancing and epidemiological security measures. If it is not possible to ensure a two-metre distance between persons at a civil registry office or church, and if it is not possible to comply with other specified social (physical) distancing and epidemiological security measures, then the conducting of a marriage registration at the respective civil registry office or church is currently not possible.
The Ministry of Justice calls on all individuals to be responsible and to carefully assess the need to conduct a marriage registration at a civil registry office or church at this time, as well as to contact the staff of the civil registry office or church prior to the registration of marriage in order to check about the possibility to ensure all of the necessary security measures.
The contact information of civil registry offices is available at the home page of the Ministry of Justice.
On 29 March 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted Order No. 138 “Amendments to the Cabinet Order No. 103 adopted on 12 March 2020 “Regarding the Declaration of the Emergency Situation””, prohibiting:
- any public event (in accordance with the definition specified in the Law on Safety of Public Entertainment and Festivity Events);
- meetings, processions, and pickets (in accordance with the definitions specified in the Law on Meetings, Processions, and Pickets);
- religious activities which are performed by gathering;
- operation of indoor sports venues;
- any private event, except for funerals held outdoors, provided that a two-metre distance between persons is maintained and other epidemiological safety measures are complied with.
In addition, it was decided to impose the following restrictions:
- the persons must maintain a two-metre distance from others (this refers both to indoor public spaces and public open spaces);
- the persons must comply with other social (physical) distancing and epidemiological safety measures determined (this refers to indoor public spaces, public open spaces, and common-use premises).