We have been working alongside government guidelines and introduced some temporary changes to our operational delivery procedures and collecting of items from a Customer Service Point with regards to customer’s `signing’ to receive their parcels.
The safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, members of the public and the communities in which we operate is paramount. Some elements of public health guidance may change in the coming weeks. We may be required to temporarily update some of our policies and practices. One such change implemented on Saturday are amendments to our Operational Delivery processes for the delivery of any parcels which cannot be posted through a letter box or that requires a signature. This will affect the delivery of 1st and 2nd class parcels and Signed for items, Royal Mail Tracked 24 and 48 items, Special Delivery Guaranteed and Age Verification items. We will no longer be asking customers for signatures, or handing the parcels across to them. Instead, our postmen and women will be practising social distancing, waiting to confirm customers retrieve their parcels from the doorstep securely, and entering alternative confirmation details into PDAs themselves, instead of handing devices and parcels to customers.
Here are our official guidelines on Signing for and receiving items
In order to protect both our people and customers as much as possible, we will not be handing over our hand-held devices to customers to capture signatures. Postmen and women will instead log the name of the person accepting the item. This will apply to all deliveries that require a signature.
Additionally, for all customers (including those who are self-isolating) where we need to deliver any parcel that won’t fit through your letterbox, we will place your item at your door. Having knocked on your door, we will then step aside to a safe distance while you retrieve your item. This will ensure your item is delivered securely rather than being left outside.
If you are unable to come to the door at all we will issue a ‘Something for You’ card, advising of other ways you can arrange to get your item. For example, by getting a friend or family member to collect the parcel from our local Customer Service Point on your behalf. In this situation, and to keep your mail as secure as possible, they will need to bring along the card we left you and a form of ID in the name of the person the item is addressed to.
We also have full details on our website under; www.royalmail.com/coronavirus I would recommend that you refer to this link over the coming days/weeks because any updates/changes will be posted on here first.