Following discussions between the government, An Post and the Communications Workers Union, An Post will roll out a host of new measures to help people deal with COVID-19, particularly the government’s advice to stay inside your own home and avoid public gatherings.
Postmen and women will now not just deliver the post, they will ring the bell to check in on older and vulnerable people living in our communities, being a practical and trusted point of connection with our most vulnerable people.
They will take messages and connect to local shops and pharmacists and through to a wider network of support organisations. They will start doing this today.
All public health social and physical distancing guidelines will be observed by every postman and woman, at every door, every time.
Postmen and women will now also not just deliver the post, they will also collect letters and parcels from the older and more vulnerable members of our community. There will be no charge for this.
We are encouraging everyone to reach out to their friends and family and An Post have already delivered 2 million postcards across the country, with another 3 million to come, all freepost. We would like everyone to send their loved ones a special message in these challenging times.
We are acutely aware as to how isolated and cut off some people feel and how difficult it can be to stay in touch. Therefore, An Post are going to deliver the newspaper, starting next week, focusing first on the older and vulnerable people in our community.
Registration will be live over the weekend, and there will be no additional delivery cost for citizens.
All services will be available on the An Post website.