Post Office Limited has been in touch about the current temporary closure of Ingatestone Post Office and what is being done to help local customers:
"Post Office services are important to communities and I’m very sorry that Ingatestone branch has temporarily closed due to issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The majority of Post Offices across the UK are run by local businesses and during this very difficult time unfortunately some have had to close or reduce hours because members of their team may be unwell or self-isolating.
"Alternative Post Office services can be accessed at Woodland Avenue and Sunnyville Post Offices, the details for these branch are below.
"Woodland Avenue Post Office
62-64 Woodland Avenue, Hutton, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 1HH
Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 Mon – Sat
"Sunnyville Post Office
6 Bridge Parade, Perry Street, Billericay, Essex, CM12 0LX
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 Mon – Fri, 08:00-17:30 Sat, 09:00-13:00 Sun
"We are aware that some of our customers may not be able to access Post Offices for essential services such as withdrawing cash, and we are offering extra assistance to our most vulnerable customers during this period with a new cash delivery payment service to the customer’s home in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The service is available to customers who are shielding because of the risk of infection should they leave their home.
"I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure, the Postmaster will continue to review the situation and we hope to see services restored as soon as possible.”