SUDDEN CLOSURE Westport Post Office.
Post Office forced to close due to Covid close contact
WESTPORT Post Office will remain closed until Thursday morning as staff continue to restrict their movements after coming in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case.
The post office was forced to close abruptly during the afternoon of Wednesday, December 30, and a notice on the post office states that ‘due to unforeseen circumstance this office will be closed until Thursday, January 7, 2021’.
A spokesperson for An Post told The Mayo News they could not say the reason for the closure, but The Mayo News understands that the post office was forced to close following health advice when it became apparent that staff had come in contact with a confirmed case before the Christmas.
As the majority of the post office staff had come in contact with the confirmed case, they had to restrict their movement for 14 days. It is believed that the contact with the confirmed case occurred on Christmas Eve and the 14-day period for restricting of movements will expire at the end of this week.
A source within the post office told The Mayo News that closing was the last thing they wanted to do as they felt they hwere letting their customers down but they faced no other choice under the current guidelines and they did not want to put their customers at risk.
Newport Post Office also closed on December 31 for the same reason but was able to reopen yesterday (Monday) as scheduled after the New Year holiday.
The An Post spokesperson said that until the post office reopens, all Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection payments may be collected at Castlebar Post Office and other billpay and postal services are available at local post offices in Aughagower, Kilmeena and Liscarney.