Wednesday, 02 June 2021 21:32

Post offices reopen for limited services from today Featured

Post offices and sub-post offices across the island will reopen from Thursday (June 03) for limited services including elders’ payments, public aid and distribution of medicines, Postmaster General Ranjith Ariyaratne announced.

Members of the public are allowed to use their payment cards or elders’ identity cards as permits to visit post offices during the travel-restricted period.

Meanwhile, at the request of the Health Ministry and the Presidential Task Force, the Postal Department has taken necessary measures to recommence distribution of medicines from clinics of government hospitals to patients at homes with effect from tomorrow.

Any issues concerning the aforementioned services can be inquired via hotline 1950, the postmaster general added.

The Department of Posts noted that owing to the emergence of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, new measures aiming to prevent further spread of the virus have been implemented in Sri Lanka.

These new measures will continue to impact delivery standards for letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items. The Department of Posts is thus not able to guarantee that it will meet the agreed standards.

However, all mail items sent to Sri Lanka will be processed and delivered, subject to certain restrictions imposed by the government

There was a delay with regard to the delivery of letters as postal trains are not operating at present and the difficulties in using SLTB buses for the delivery of letters, Sri Lanka Post said

Letters are currently being distributed by using vehicles at the Department of Posts and as a result of this the time taken to deliver a letter, would be delayed by about two days, Post-Master General Ranjith Ariyaratne disclosed.

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