A ROYAL MAIL delivery office has been forced to close today after a coronavirus outbreak, leaving thousands without their post.
Several workers at the office in Swindon, Wiltshire tested positive for Covid-19.
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The office is now closed and a deep clean is being carried out.
The closure means that up to six postcode areas won't receive any mail until tomorrow at the very earliest.
Hundreds of workers at the office have been sent home.
DEEP CLEAN CARRIED OUT
A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: "Following a positive test for coronavirus at the Swindon Delivery Office, we have closed the office as a precautionary measure.
"During this time we have carried out an enhanced clean of the building.
"We are working to keep disruption to mail deliveries to a minimum as we address the concerns of our colleagues.
"Throughout this crisis, every decision we make puts the health of our people and customers first."
The spokeswoman said Royal Mail have introduced a range of measures to protect workers and the public.
"As well as encouraging good hand hygiene, standard ways of working have been revised to ensure that colleagues stay two metres apart at all times," she said.
"All staff have been briefed about the social distancing measures.
"This has been supplemented with visible reminders such as posters and one-way floor markings.
"In addition there is only one person permitted in a Royal Mail delivery vehicle at any one time."
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