An Post has announced that there will be changes  for some customers to delivery times from today as it introduces staggered working time for staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

It said that it regretted any inconvenience to customers but that it needed to introduce staggered working times at local delivery offices to ensure effective social distancing for staff.

The postal service said this would result in later mail and parcel deliveries for some customers from today.

It added that customers in receipt of Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection welfare payments will receive two-week payments starting either today or next Monday, 30 March.

A two-week payment will be made this week to most Social Welfare payment customers with the exception of those in receipt of Jobseeker and Working Family payments, Supplementary Welfare Allowance, One Parent Family Payment and Rent Supplement.

These customers will receive their regular payment this week and the two-week payment from next week, starting 30 March.

All DEASP payments will be held at the post office for 90 days to enable customers to plan post office and shopping visits when best suits them.

Social distancing measures are also in place across all post offices.

An Post has asked that customers follow the queuing instructions displayed inside the post office and observe social distancing if waiting outside.

It has also told customers not to bring children to the post office, if at all possible, and that only the person with business to conduct enters the post office.

Two post offices in Dublin have closed temporarily and others have changed their opening hours.