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Do Royal Mail, DPD, Hermes and DHL deliver on Good Friday and Easter Monday? How the bank holidays affect post

The Easter 2022 weekend is almost here, and many businesses will close over what for many will be a four-day weekend.

But while many will be eager to make full use of the bank holidays after two years of Covid-19 restrictions, the days off might leave you frustrated if you are expecting a letter or parcel.

Here’s how delivery services are affected.

Is Royal Mail operating on Good Friday or Easter Monday?

There will be no Royal Mail postal collections or deliveries on Good Friday (15 April) or on Easter Monday (18 April).

However, post should operate as normal on Easter Saturday, before normal service will resume on Tuesday 19 April.

You should check your local Post Office branch for bank holiday opening times (Photo: Getty)

This disruption applies to the whole of the UK, even though Easter Monday is not a nationwide bank holiday in Scotland.

The Royal Mail explains: “We deliver and collect your mail on most days of the year, including Saturdays. However, we don’t usually deliver or collect on bank and public holidays.”

You can see a full calendar of the dates that post is affected on the Royal Mail website here.

Will post offices open over Easter?

Many post offices will close for the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays.

However, local branches, such as those inside convenience stores, may still be open, albeit with reduced hours, while post offices should be operating at their normal times on Saturday.

You can use the Royal Mail’s branch finder to check for up-to-date information about your local post office, or the information you need to contact it directly.

What about other delivery firms?

DPD

DPD will not deliver any parcels on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday.

Evri, formerly known as My Hermes

Evri will not deliver any parcels on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday.

DHL

DHL will not deliver any parcels on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday.

Parcelforce

Parcelforce will not deliver any parcels on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday.

Yodel

Yodel will not deliver any parcels on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday.

Full list of UK bank holidays in 2022

Here are the 2022 bank holiday dates for the four UK nations in full, including the extra day off for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

England and Wales bank holidays 2022

  • Monday 3 January (New Year’s Day substitute)
  • Friday 15 April (Good Friday)
  • Monday 18 April (Easter Monday)
  • Monday 2 May (early May bank holiday)
  • Thursday 2 June (spring bank holiday)
  • Friday 3 June (Platinum Jubilee bank holiday)
  • Monday 29 August (summer bank holiday)
  • Monday 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday 27 December (Christmas Day substitute)

Scotland bank holidays 2022

  • Monday 3 January (New Year’s Day substitute)
  • Tuesday 4 January (2 January substitute)
  • Friday 15 April (Good Friday)
  • Monday 2 May (early May bank holiday)
  • Thursday 2 June (spring bank holiday)
  • Friday 3 June (Platinum Jubilee bank holiday)
  • Monday 1 August (summer bank holiday)
  • Wednesday 1 November (St Andrew’s Day)
  • Monday 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday 27 December (Christmas Day substitute)

Northern Ireland bank holidays 2022

  • Monday 3 January (New Year’s Day substitute)
  • Thursday 17 March (St Patrick’s Day)
  • Friday 15 April (Good Friday)
  • Monday 18 April (Easter Monday)
  • Monday 2 May (early May bank holiday)
  • Thursday 2 June (spring bank holiday)
  • Friday 3 June (Platinum Jubilee bank holiday)
  • Tuesday 12 July (Battle of the Boyne)
  • Monday 29 August (summer bank holiday)
  • Monday 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday 27 December (Christmas Day substitute)

Bank holiday dates vary slightly across the UK: England and Wales always have the same bank holidays, but Scotland and Northern Ireland have some of their own dates.

For example, Scotland’s summer bank holiday falls at the start of August, rather than at the end of the month.

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