Published On: Tue, Mar 24th, 2020

Post Office open: Is the Post Office still open? Is Royal Mail still operating?

The Prime Minister has imposed strict restrictions on the movement of people during the lockdown. The quarantine measure came after thousands were pictured ignoring social distancing advice by visiting public places and parks in their droves over the course of the weekend amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Johnson said: “From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.

“Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.

“That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes.

“Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.

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Nick Read, the chief executive of the Post Office Group, posted an update on the company services during the pandemic online last week.

The group has yet to give further details on its operations since Mr Johnson’s announcement.

The Post Office is among the shops permitted to open alongside supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, launderettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents and banks.

Mr Read wrote last week: “We know how important Post Office branches are to our customers.

“And we, alongside our postmasters and branch colleagues, are doing all that we can to keep our branches open so that we can continue to provide our products and services to you and your communities.

“At the moment, the majority of our branches are open as usual and our supply chain is running as normal.

“Our priority is to keep our customers, postmasters and colleagues safe and healthy. We have advised everyone working in our branches to practice good hand hygiene and we ask that our customers do the same, as well as maintaining a sensible distance between other customers and our colleagues.

“We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

“But please rest assured that we’re doing everything we can to support our customers, communities, postmasters and colleagues through this challenging time.”

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