Royal Mail have announced 28 areas across the UK which have been struck by the Coronavirus pandemic and will be facing irregularities in the delivery schedule.

Since the virus hit the UK, there have been grave impacts on the economy and the healthcare system, but this is the first we’re hearing about the postal service being majorly affected. It’s expected that the areas that have been blacklisted are likely to have delays with receiving post and won’t have access to collection unless left with a missed delivery card.

The line of key workers we know as postmen have been trooping through these unprecedented times working in overdrive to deliver the neverending stream of parcels that lockdown boredom brought us. We thought maybe they didn’t need a day off, maybe they were superhuman and they could just power through approaching hundreds of houses per day without repercussions.

Sadly, that’s not true. For the first time there’s been such an increase in numbers of posties having to self-isolate in accordance to Government regulations and many that have tested positive themselves, particularly in areas with high R rates.

Everyone has forgotten about the workers that keep us connected and have to work lengthy hours to tend to our needs, especially with us ramping up the workload over Christmas. Royal Mail have apologised for the inconvenience that’s been caused by the shortage of resources but they’re working to get back on track as soon as they can.

The affected areas are listed below:

  • Ashford                                               
  • Barnsley
  • Basildon
  • Bow
  • Bury St. Edmunds
  • Chelmsford
  • Christchurch
  • Daventry
  • Debden
  • Enfield
  • Grays
  • Hampton
  • Highbury
  • Hornsey
  • Horsham
  • Ilford
  • Leeds City
  • Lewisham
  • Magherafelt
  • Margate
  • Rugeley
  • Somerton
  • South Ockendon
  • South Woodford
  • Upper Holloway
  • Wandsworth
  • Wellington
  • Widnes

Next time you order just be mindful that these workers have been buzzing round the clock and they also have their own needs to tend to, so don’t be angry or malicious if your parcel arrives a couple of days late.