Royal Mail staff course of deliveries on the Christmas sorting workplace (Image: Getty)
Royal Mail is suspending a service that ensures deliveries in time for Christmas amid chaos over the mutant Covid and new tier 4 restrictions.
Deliveries to mainland Europe have additionally been halted after nations banned journey from the UK to attempt to cease the quicker spreading pressure crossing their borders.
The suspension of Royal Mail’s particular supply means they can’t assure objects posted on December 23 would arrive earlier than Christmas.
It’s the busiest time of the yr for sorting workplaces throughout the nation however the state of affairs has escalated after thousands and thousands of individuals in London and the South East had been positioned beneath strict lockdown measures.
Royal Mail’s particular supply service can nonetheless be used at the moment, with out the assure, however try to be ready for lengthy queues on the Publish Workplace.
The corporate stated it was additionally experiencing delays to Canada and Turkey, each of which had been listed as a part of its ‘on suspension’ checklist.
Deliveries to the Republic of Eire are unaffected.
Royal Mail stated: ‘We’re working to maintain as many worldwide mail providers working as attainable given the present restrictions round air, street, ferry and practice actions from the UK.
‘Royal Mail has briefly suspended all mail providers to Europe, excluding the Republic of Eire. We’re preserving the state of affairs beneath shut and fixed evaluation.’
The corporate stated it was monitoring the ‘fast-moving state of affairs’ on an hourly foundation, including: ‘We’re… able to open our providers as quickly as we’re capable of as soon as the restrictions have been lifted.
‘We proceed to discover all choices. We’re moreover experiencing delays to Canada and Turkey as air capability is severely restricted.
‘We’re working with our airline and postal/courier companions throughout the globe to keep up providers, nonetheless delays needs to be anticipated.’
In the meantime, Germany’s DHL stated it was briefly suspending deliveries of packages to the UK.
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