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Coronavirus Update - Limited Phased Restart of Select Search Room Services
As a result of upcoming changes to Coronavirus restrictions by the Scottish Government, NRS will shortly be commencing a limited reopening of the Historical and ScotlandsPeople Search Rooms in Edinburgh. The Legal Search Room remains closed until further notice.
The Historical Search Room will open from Monday 26th April and the ScotlandsPeople Search Room will reopen from Tuesday 4th May. Both search rooms will be opening with limited capacity and strict COVID-19 safety measures in place and face coverings must be worn (exemptions available) - see our "Safe Visit Agreement" for more information.
Any customer wishing to visit one of the search rooms must book a seat using the Contact Us form.
Other on-site services remain closed, so customers can continue to order certificates using the ‘Certificates and copies’ tab. Certificate ordering will be available Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm (excluding public holidays). We have removed our priority ordering channel and collection option. We will do our best to complete orders as soon as we can however this may not be within our usual timescales.
As always we will continue to respond to online enquiries but we may not be able to give as full or as complete answers as usual. Further information on the status of our services is available here.