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POST Office branches have remained open throughout the coronavirus crisis as they’re considered “essential” businesses.
This is because they provide banking services, ways to collect benefits and pay bills, and letter and parcel sending facilities.
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The majority of Post Office branches remain open – although sometimes with reduced hoursCredit: Alamy
Are Post Offices open today?
Yes, Post Offices have remained open, including during the lockdowns, over the past year.
There are around 11,500 Post Office branches across the UK, the majority of which are run independently or as a franchise arrangement.
What are Post Offices opening times?
Opening times have always varied by branch, with no set hours across the network.
Standalone Post Offices are currently open but hours vary from branch to branch, with closures on Sunday.
For opening hours of other Post Offices, you’ll need to check its online branch finder tool.
Hours can change at short notice, so keep an eye on your local branch website for information.
If you pop down to your local Post Office and it’s closed, there should be a poster in the window advertising where your nearest open branch is.
What services does the Post Office offer?
As well as sending letters and parcels, you can also use your Post Office to access your high street bank account and make withdrawals, deposits, balance enquiries and more.
Customers can also verify documents via the Post Office’s GOV.UK services.
The service was struggling with delays earlier this year, but it’s now said to be fully operational.
Post is also still being collected and delivered, although the Royal Mail has previously warned there could be delays to deliveries in some areas due to resourcing issues.
A statement on its website says: “We aim to deliver to all addresses we have mail for, six days a week.
“If resourcing issues, associated self-isolation and safety measures prevent this, we’ll deliver at least every other day.
“It’s only in extreme cases – where offices are severely affected by absence levels – that this may not be possible.”
To minimise risk, workers will have to stay two metres apart with only one person in a Royal Mail delivery vehicle at any one time.
And to avoid spreading germs on handheld signature devices, postmen and postwomen will instead log the name of the person accepting the item, and sign on their behalf.
Having knocked on the door, parcels will be placed on the doorstep with Royal Mail staff then stepping aside to a safe distance while households retrieve their item.
Boris Johnson’s four-step plan to ease lockdown in England finally brought back the long-awaited return of the hospitality industry on April 12.
It came as the first part of the plan rolled out on March 8 when kids returned to classrooms.
The “Rule of Six” was then reinstated on March 29 for gatherings in parks and private gardens – allowing six people from up to six different households to mix outdoors.