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Royal Mail halts Saturday letter deliveries during coronavirus outbreak

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Kellin McCloskey

Kellin McCloskey

Kellin McCloskey

Royal Mail has announced it will temporarily stop Saturday letter deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the service is being reduced however, special delivery, tracked, all non-account services and most other parcels will still be delivered.

Letter delivery remains as normal on Monday to Friday. And letters and parcels should still be posted on Saturday as normal with collections continuing.

Kellin McCloskey, Head of Postal Services Policy at The Consumer Council, said: "The Consumer Council understands this is a challenging time for all delivery key workers across Northern Ireland.

"We recognise the great work of Royal Mail staff at this time, when consumers are more reliant than ever on their deliveries.

"The change to withdrawing letter delivery on a Saturday should have minimal impact on consumers, but will allow Royal Mail the ability to better manage its network given the problems it is facing with corona-related absences and necessary social distancing.

"The Consumer Council would hope that these changes will lead to the safeguarding staff."

Belfast Telegraph