Post offices stay open – but….
The current situation as regards post offices is that they are open. In large chunks of Somerset the Post Office is often the village store as well so should be classed as an “essential outlet”.
Closure of Post Offices would have serious consequences for many of the more rural parts of the county.
In a statement, the Chief Executive of the Post Office (which unlike Royal Mail, is state owned) explains: “At the moment, the majority of our branches are open as usual and our supply chain is running as normal. Our priority is to keep our customers, postmasters and colleagues safe and healthy. We have advised everyone working in our branches to practice good hand hygiene and we ask that our customers do the same, as well as maintaining a sensible distance between other customers and our colleagues.”
As you may have heard, the Government in Whitehall is currently considering closing down all shops and outlets except those it classes as “essential”.
We will keep you posted (forgive the pun) if the situation changes.