Cards and chocolate treats will be top of the gift list for well-wishers looking to send to friends and family ahead of the Easter weekend. The Covid pandemic has disrupted celebrations in the past couple of years and prevented families from being together but with all four of the nations that make up the UK scrapping their protective measures, 2022 looks poised to be a return to normal ways.
Does post get delivered over the Easter weekend?
This Easter, Royal Mail will not be collecting or delivering mail in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on Good Friday, April 15, and Easter Monday, April 18.
However, postal services will operate as normal on Saturday (April 16), before full service resumes on Tuesday (April 19).
In Scotland collections and deliveries will continue as usual on Good Friday while there will be no collections or deliveries on Easter Monday.
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Royal Mail said it was having to deliver to a growing number of addresses, which was adding to costs.
Nick Landon, Royal Mail chief commercial officer, said: “While the number of letters our postmen and women deliver has declined from around 20 billion a year to around seven billion since 2004/05, the number of addresses they have to deliver to has grown by around 3.5 million in the same period.
“We need to carefully balance our pricing against declining letter volumes and increasing costs of delivering to a growing number of addresses six days a week.
“As customer needs change and we see a greater shift from letters to parcels, it is vital that the Universal Service adapts to stay relevant and sustainable.
“These prices changes are necessary to ensure we can continue to maintain and invest in the one-price-goes-anywhere Universal Service for future generations.”
Last year saw the volume of parcels the firm delivers to surge as people embraced online shopping, more than offsetting its losses from letters.
In fact, its annual profits quadrupled to £726m in the year to March 28 – up from £180m a year earlier.