Royal Mail Suspends Delivers Due to Mutant COVID Transport Restrictions

The Royal Mail suspended deliveries to mainland EU due to transport restrictions raised after cases of the mutant COVID-19 strain increased.

The Royal Mail suspended deliveries to mainland EU due to transport restrictions raised after cases of the mutant COVID-19 strain increased.

The discovery of the new VUI – 202012/01 COVID-19 strain in England has prompted British authorities to raise travel restrictions internationally to prevent more cases after some were reported as far as Australia. 

Royal Mail has explained it will offer its special international delivery service for the EU until further notice and that sent parcels are not affected.

Packages sent to Turkey and Canada were delayed because the countries were also part of the suspended destination list and limited air capacity.

“We are working to keep as many international mail services running as possible given the current restrictions around air, road, ferry, and train movements from the UK,” said the Royal Mail.

Royal Mail said that only their package service for Ireland is running normally.

Royal Mail added that it will not guarantee special delivery items posted on 23 December would arrive before Christmas due to the transport restrictions.

Royal Mail explained it had hired an additional 33,000 temporary workers to help over the Christmas period to support their existing personnel in handling the large volumes of mail. 


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