A POST confirmed today that they will remain open since a general shutdown of schools, colleges and childcare facilities has been reported due to the coronavirus epidemic.
In a statement, the Irish postal service said they were monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 infections but that the offices would remain open and that the services would function normally.
However, the collection of mail and parcels would be impossible in some countries that had suspended their services, including China and Mongolia.
They also said they had special agreements in place to help customers who were unable to collect their regular payments issued by the Department of Employment and Social Protection, including pensions.
The statement was released a few hours after the Irish government announced that schools, colleges and childcare facilities would be closed due to the epidemic.
While trips abroad scheduled by government ministers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day have been canceled.
A post also stated that there is no risk of contracting the virus by handling mail, money or parcels and government savings and An Post Money checking account services would continue to function normally.
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David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, said: “In this difficult time for everyone, our goal is to ensure the health and safety of staff, business continuity for An Post customers and assist national efforts wherever possible.” .
Italy, which ordered all shops, cafes and restaurants to close following the worst outbreak of the disease outside China, also made an exception to the closure of the postal service which continues to operate in the country.