Service returns at post offices
Bermuda post offices restarted counter service this week — but with Covid-19 safety restrictions.
Wayne Furbert, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, said counter services relaunched at all post offices on Tuesday except the Perot Post Office on Hamilton's Queen Street.
The post offices will open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8am and 3pm.
Perot Post Office will remain closed until further notice and counter service at the General Post Office on Church Street will only be available in the parcel post section in the basement.
Mr Furbert said: “Persons seeking to collect packages must have a signed customer notice, valid ID, and printed copies of the relevant invoices in order to receive service.
“Anyone collecting packages on behalf of others must have a valid signed customer notice from the person on whose behalf they are collecting packages, in addition to the other documents mentioned above.”
The Minister warned that international postal services still were still disrupted by the pandemic, but overseas mail should be on the island in the next seven to ten days.
He added: “The Post Office can therefore receive outbound mail from the public who wish to send mail overseas.
“However, timelines for its delivery cannot be guaranteed as this is subject to the delays caused by the ongoing disruptions throughout the international postal networks.”
Mr Furbert said that precautions would be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
He said: “To ensure the safety and wellbeing of the public and our BPO staff, strict physical distancing guidelines and other protocols will be in place in accordance with the Ministry of Health's recommendations.
“This includes temperature testing with a touchless thermometer of customers by a Government official before entering all post office locations.”
Customers must also wear face masks or they will not be allowed post offices.
Post office staff will also be masked and gloved and hand sanitiser stations will be set up at entrances.