POST is expected to be delayed after six positive coronavirus cases have been confirmed at Barnsley’s Royal Mail office.

 

This comes after the office underwent a deep cleaning on Monday and a closure on Wednesday.

 

This will disrupt and delay postage deliveries to some postcodes across the borough.

 

Julia Burrows, director of public health at Barnsley, said: “We’re aware of a six positive confirmed cases of coronavirus at Barnsley’s Royal Mail sorting office, with further cases possible as investigations and staff testing continues.

 

“A number of staff are self-isolating.

 

“The building remains closed for deep cleaning before reopening is considered.

 

“Barnsley Council’s regulatory service team and colleagues from Public Health England are working with Royal Mail to understand how the virus is being spread across the workforce; looking at possibilities inside and outside of the premises and what we can do to reduce and prevent this.

 

“A number of measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus on the site, and these will be reviewed with the company.

 

“The council is working closely with Royal Mail to provide advice and support and are in the process of reviewing risk assessments.

 

“Regulatory services officers will be inspecting the premises following the deep clean, once it is back up and running.”

 

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We’re sorry to advise that due to resourcing issues, deliveries of mail in the S70, S71, S72 and S75 postcode areas will be limited again today.

 

“We’re sorry but collections from business customers and Post Offices are likely to be affected again today.”