Several postcodes in Essex have been heavily affected by delays to the Royal Mail’s service due to Covid-19.
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve become increasingly reliant on what gets sent to us by post.
However, the increased workload and general effects of coronavirus have left the Royal Mail struggling in certain areas.
Parts of the county have gone weeks without post in recent months.
That’s because of Covid-related delays in not only the service’s on-patch workforce, but also within sorting offices.
As of today (Wednesday, February 24), there are three areas of the county which should expect delays to their post services.
In Essex, the areas affected include Braintree (CM6, CM7), Harwich (CO12) and Southend on Sea (SSO, SS1-SS4).
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Elsewhere in the country, there are delays in Medway, Leighton Buzzard, Maidstone and Orton Southgate.
Residents in these areas should expect delays to their deliveries, and shouldn’t be concerned if they don’t receive post for an extended period of time.
A Royal Mail spokesperson said: Due to resourcing issues, associated self-isolation and safety measures, deliveries in the following areas are likely to be disrupted this week.
For the latest updates in your area, type your postcode below.
“In those areas that are temporarily affected by very high levels of absence, customers can expect deliveries at least every other day. It will only be in extreme cases when this may not be possible, but these are the exception and are listed below.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. We’re working hard to deliver as comprehensive a service as possible with the resource available to support these offices.
“And we’re ensuring we prioritise delivery of vaccination letters.”