PARENTS in Inverclyde can register births for the first time since late March from Monday (29 June).
The service has been suspended because of the Covid 19 outbreak.
A system of staggered appointments — based on when the child was born — is in place to deal with the backlog of registrations.
Child born before 31 March — Registration appointments from 29 June 2020 to 10 July 2020
Child born 1 April to 30 April — Registration appointments from 13 July 2020 to 24 July 2020
Child born 1 May to 31 May — Registration appointments from 27 July 2020 to 7 August 2020
Child born 1 June to 30 June — Registration appointments from 10 August 2020 to 21 August 2020
Child born 1 July to 31 July — Registration appointments from 24 August 2020 to 4 September 2020
Child born 1 August onwards — Registration appointments from 7 September 2020 onwards.
Appointments can be made by calling 01475 714250.
Councillor Jim Clocherty, Convener of Inverclyde Council’s education and communities committee, said: “So many normal things have been put on hold because of Covid 19. We’re pleased to say that proud parents can now register the birth of their children again but we are still having to take precautions to stop Covid 19 spreading.
“We are starting to see real progress in containing the virus thanks to the hard work everyone in the community has put in during the lockdown. But we can’t afford to let our guard down now.
“The council’s customer service centre is still closed to the public so parents or guardians will only be allowed in at their allotted time. We’re asking people not come too early as they’ll have to wait outside. The appointment should take no more than 30 minutes.
“Only a parent, both parents or the baby’s guardian can attend the scheduled appointment, so we’re asking people not to bring anyone else with them.”