24 March 2020 12:32
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. Trending 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. READ MORE: Coronavirus: Post Office cancels travel insurance sales Post Office open: Is the Post Office still open? Is Royal Mail still operating? Post Office open: Royal Mail said it was "actively monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation" READ MORE Postmen delay strikes and volunteer to help protect the vulnerable "One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household. "Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. "Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home." A list of essential shops which can stay open has been released, but what does this mean for your post? Post Office open: Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide are keeping delivery and collection services running, however have made some adjustments to parcel handling procedures and services Is the Post Office still open? Royal Mail said it was "actively monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation". The firm considers the delivery of letters and parcel as an "important way of keeping the country together and helping many people who may not have the option to leave their homes". In order to comply with public health advice, the firm has given guidance to its employees to stop the spread of coronavirus and has adjusted its parcel handling procedures. Royal Mail said it was working with its airline, postal and courier partners to maintain international deliveries. DON'T MISS: Britons demand shoppers who abuse NHS opening hours be prosecuted Boris makes last minute change to his lockdown advice for workers Coronavirus news: Farage blasts Johnson over UK lockdown - 'Too late' READ MORE Which supermarkets have the quickest home delivery amid shutdown? The company's website states: "We have strong contingency plans in place to ensure mail is kept moving. "The scale, vast network and business continuity expertise of our organisation means we have extensive experience in being able to quickly deploy plans so we continue to provide customers with access to our collection and delivery services, and their mail." Royal Mail has yet to make a further announcement in the wake of the lockdown. Post Office open: The Post Office is among the shops permitted to open in the lockdown 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. A spokesman for the Post Office Group said: "The Post Office is the UK's biggest retail network with 11,500 branches. "The vast majority are run by franchise partners and independent retailers, eg. Convenience stores. It is up to each Post Office operator what hours they operate. "Post Office have been designated as an essential retailer by the UK Government. "The majority of Post Offices remain open, however if a branch has to close as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, the Postmaster can display a poster advising that it is shut."