Royal Mail have announced on Tuesday that they are to stop delivering mail on Saturdays to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Royal Mail have said this will be a “temporary” suspension, but Special Delivery, tracked and all non-account services will not be affected.
A message on the Royal Mail website said, “We continue to work hard to collect, process and deliver the UK’s mail in unprecedented times.
“However, along with other organisations, we are experiencing increased levels of employee absence due to illness and self-isolation.
“Absence rates are currently significantly higher than what we normally expect at this time of year.”
The website added, “To manage these severe absence levels, we are implementing a range of mitigations.
“These include changing the time guarantee on Special Delivery, deploying non-operational managers in delivery and temporarily no longer delivering letters on a Saturday.”
“Our delivery operation is a key part of keeping the country moving.
“We have put even more resources in to keep delivering.
“This includes additional overtime provision and a very significant investment in protective equipment for our colleagues.”