Royal Mail has warned of severe delays with deliveries in the run-up to Christmas, according to reports.

With higher demand and widespread sickness, the Mail on Sunday reported that offices affected reached an all-time high of 32 offices last week.

A Royal Mail Spokesperson said: “Deliveries are operating as normal across most of the country. We aim to deliver to all addresses we have mail for, six days a week.

“In a small number of local offices this may temporarily not be possible due to local issues such as COVID-related self-isolation, high levels of sick absence, resourcing, or other local factors.”

As the festive month gets underway, the parcel delivery firm has warned customers to order their online gifts and shopping well in advance, and to post their festive greetings early, to help its postmen and women deliver the bumper festive mailbag.

Royal Mail reveal latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2021

Saturday 18 December

  • 2nd class
  • 2nd class signed for
  • Royal Mail 48

Tuesday 21 December

  • 1st class
  • 1st class signed for 

Thursday 23 December

  • Special Delivery Guaranteed

Further information can be found on the Royal Mail website.