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An Post issues update for welfare recipients as some offices close due to Covid-19

An Post has warned that a number of offices may have to close temporarily due to a staff shortage due to Covid-19.

Due to the number of workers contracting the coronavirus, a spokesperson said it was causing “temporary strain” on resources.

As a result, they expect some regions to experience delivery delays as they face the current shortage of available staff.

Those who receive social benefits from An Post have been reassured that when a post office has to temporarily close, they will be able to collect their payments from a nearby office.

In a statement, An Post said plans to deal with this difficult time are in place and staff are “working hard to minimize the impact on customers.”

“We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause.

“The health and safety of our staff and our customers is our priority. “

Schools across the country are also facing staff shortages, as a record number of daily cases continue to be reported.

An Post issues update for welfare recipients as some offices close due to Covid-19

Speaking after the first day back, Irish National Teachers’ Organization (INTO) Secretary General John Boyle said it was an “incredibly difficult” day.

He said: “The first comments from members on the ground are that today was an incredibly difficult first day, with many students and staff restricting movement due to the virus contraction or close contact.”

Meanwhile, Teachers Union Ireland’s Michael Gillespie continues to call on the ministry to provide more support.

“School communities are returning to unprecedented environments across the country,” he said.

“It is absolutely essential that the Department step up and support the efforts of staff and students to keep schools open. “