Royal Mail is stopping its Saturday post deliveries to help staff amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The postal service will introduce this temporary measure from Saturday (2 May) onwards, which will now stop any post being delivered by the company over the weekends.
When will the Royal Mail deliver my post?
These new changes mean the country will now have to wait two days over the weekend for letter deliveries, as the service does not deliver post on Sundays.
However, the company has ensured that its letter delivery services will continue as usual during the working week, from Monday to Friday.
The Royal Mail released a statement on its website addressing the changes:
"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 services."
Royal Mail has not yet disclosed when the Saturday postal service will resume.
What about other Royal Mail services?
The courier company has clarified that most parcels, including tracked parcels, special delivery, and non-account services will continue to be delivered from Monday to Saturday across the country, as usual.
Can I still post letters on Saturdays?
Royal Mail has confirmed that “customers should continue to post both letters and parcels as usual on Saturday,” adding that “Saturday collections from businesses, post offices and post boxes will continue as normal.”
What other measures has the Royal Mail introduced?
The postal company has introduced several changes with the aim "to protect the health and safety of our people and the general public".
So far it has made changes to its opening times, and temporarily extended the time in which customers can collect parcels.
The company also said it is aiming to minimise contact during delivery as much as possible, to protect workers and customers.
Additionally, the majority of Post Offices now have floor markers, indicating where customers should stand while queuing, in order to remain two metres apart - a figure well over the safe distance threshold of one metre (or three feet) advised by the World Health Organisation, and in accordance with government advice.
Post Offices also have a range of informative posters to reiterate the government advice, while protective equipment has also been sourced to keep staff safe.