Post Offices To Remain Open an...


Post Offices To Remain Open and Adapt Measures For Safe Usage

Rebecca Noonan
Rebecca Noonan

02:00 19 Mar 2020

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Social distancing will be practised, hand sanitisers installed and opening hours are being extended and adjusted to suit local requirements

Postmasters have assured the public that in the current Covid-19 pandemic Post Offices are remaining open as an essential service to local communities and measures have been agreed with An Post to prioritise public safety.

The Irish Postmasters' Union says social distancing will require Postmasters to limit the number of customers in the premises at any one time.

In a statement issued to RedFM News the union says hand sanitisers are being installed in all Post Offices as they become available and health and safety notices on social distancing are being placed in queuing areas.

Opening hours are being extended and adjusted to suit local requirements and this is being kept under review.

To reduce risk An Post has made an arrangement for vulnerable people to appoint a Temporary Agent for the collection of payments.
The union says Postmasters recognise the need for this measure and will be vigilant and observant of any risk of financial abuse."

The statement concludes that if a Postmaster has to self-isolate, arrangements will be made for payments to temporarily be available in a neighbouring Office.

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