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Royal Mail halts Saturday letter deliveries due to pandemic

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Letters are no longer being delivered by Royal Mail on a Saturday as a result of absences and the need for social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

The change came into force across the UK at the weekend. It is temporary and applies only to letters, not parcels.

The halt on Saturday letter deliveries is temporary.
The halt on Saturday letter deliveries is temporary.

Shane O’Riordain, managing director of marketing at Royal Mail, said: "Our postmen and postwomen are working very hard across the UK in challenging conditions.

"As we said at the start of the coronavirus crisis, there will be some disruption to services. Relevant factors include high levels of coronavirus-related absences and necessary social distancing measures.

"We understand the importance of the postal service in keeping the UK connected at this time.

"We have also listened to our hard-working colleagues who have asked us to ease the additional burden on them if possible. As a result, we are making some temporary changes to postal servic

Royal Mail will continue to provide a letter delivery service from Monday to Friday as normal.

Most parcel services will be delivered on a Saturday.

Customers can continue to post both letters and parcels as usual on Saturday.

Saturday collections from businesses, post offices and postboxes will be as normal.

Mr O'Riordain added: "We have been in dialogue with the Government and [the regulator] Ofcom since the beginning of this crisis and will keep the temporary change in Saturday postal arrangements under review."

A more detailed list of Saturday services under the temporary change can be found at www.royalmail.com/d8/saturday-services

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