Some branches across the country have had to close due to personal health, government restrictions, or a number of other reasons.
Garden centres have become the first businesses allowed to re-open to the public. This has been welcoming news for Postmaster David Tucker at Bow Post Office, South West and Oxfordshire Region, which is based inside Bow Garden Centre.
The garden centre had been closed during lockdown due to Government advice and it was only able to operate a home delivery service and collection service from the car park for garden centre items.
The skeleton staff also operated an emergency-only Post Office service for the occasional customer who had no means of getting to other branches to pay bills, collect benefits or had an urgent need for stamps.
Today (Wednesday 13 May) when Bow Post Office re-opened there was a steady stream of customers wanting to visit the garden centre and to get Post Office products and services.
Postmaster David Tucker, said: “It was great to be able to re-open the doors to the garden centre and Post Office today. I think that lots of people had been storing up lots of things during lockdown for a visit to our Post Office. We had lots of parcels, people paying bills, getting their benefits and banking.
“We took on the Post Office in March 2019 and sadly it had to close just after the first anniversary for the safety of our customers and staff. We love having a Post Office here – it really does put us even more at the heart of the community than before. We like to support our community. Our customers are very appreciative of us taking on the Post Office too.
“We offered an emergency Post Office service during lockdown as we could not see people being left without any means to money or at risk of having their electric or gas cut off because they needed somewhere to pay their bills.”