Posties are the latest workers to be affected by the so-called ‘pingemia’ which has forced thousands of workers to stay at home after receiving a message from the NHS Test and Trace app.
Advertising chain Greene King said it had to close 33 pubs last week due to the absence of staff, while Wetherspoon told Sky News there were “maybe a few hundred” employees who had to stay at home.
The bosses of Iceland and M&S warned yesterday of store closings and reduced hours after staff members had to self-isolate.
Positions that are affected by the disruption due to the ‘pingemia’ include those working in locations ranging from Bath to Blackpool, according to the Royal Mail website.
A notice reads: “Due to resource issues, self-isolation and associated security measures, deliveries to some areas may be disrupted this week. “
Check out the full list below to see if your city is affected.
A Royal Mail spokesperson told the Mirror: “The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority.
“In a limited number of areas, we are experiencing service interruptions due to COVID-related absences.
“In the affected areas, we strive to provide as comprehensive a service as possible to our customers. “
Staff shortages affect the following areas and postal codes:
- Bath (BA1 and BA2)
- Blackpool (FY1 to FY6)
- Chorley (PR6)
- Debden (IG7, IG8, IG9, IG10)
- Enfield (EN1, EN2, EN3)
- Henley on the Thames (RG9)
- Middleton (M24)
- Newton Abbot (TQ12, TQ13)
- Plympton (PL7)
- Rochdale (OL11, OL12, OL13, OL14, OL15, OL16)
- Southport (PR8)
- Worthing (BN11, BN12, BN13, BN14)
The disruption to Royal Mail deliveries comes as Brits are warned not to fall for a new delivery scam going around.
The scam involves scammers texting people claiming they returned a package to a Post Office branch or Royal Mail depot – but this message is not legitimate.
The text contains a link to a fake website that looks exactly like an official post platform.
It then asks the victim to enter their personal details – including full name, address, date of birth and phone number – supposedly to identify their nearest depot and rearrange delivery.
But in reality, this is sent directly to the crooks, who could use this information to commit identity fraud or gain access to your bank accounts.