Naming ceremonies | New rules for coming out of lockdown in England

On 22 February, the PM Boris Johnson unveiled plans to ease lockdown restrictions in England. Here’s how the new rules will impact on non-religious naming ceremonies between now and the end of June 2021.

remote naming ceremony

Since the first lockdown, the rules about naming ceremonies have kept changing — and there are more changes ahead in England as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

Until 17 May

Naming ceremonies are only permitted as online events.

From 17 May

If all is going well, commemorative events including naming ceremonies will be able to take place with up to 30 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).

From 21 June

Subject to the outcome of the Events Research Programme (a piece of research to test reopening large events), all limits will be removed on attendance at naming ceremonies.

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Ideas and inspiration

So, now you have an idea of when ceremonies can take place, it’s time to start planning the ceremony! Here are some ideas to get you started…

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