Coronavirus: an influx of people to La Poste for the collection of social benefits

Coronavirus: an influx of people to La Poste for the collection of social benefits

Social allowances arrive Monday April 6 on the accounts of beneficiaries. Five million of them are used to collecting them every month at the counter of post offices, but many have been closed due to the lockdown.

With the increasingly important spread of Covid-19 and the implementation of containment, Tuesday March 17, La Poste had revised its activity downwards, closing up to 80% of its branches throughout the territory. But as March ended and April began, the state-owned company was forced to revisit its plan. In fact, every month, five million people have the habit of withdrawing various payments of social allowances in cash directly at the counters of the Postal Bank.

Very long queues

Management has chosen to recall employees to reopen certain agencies, because in front of open agencies, as in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, the queues are multiplying. Reinforced security at entry, barrier measures put in place and customers entering in a dribble manner. “There are very few people in the office. We have two positions to be able to serve them. The office is dedicated to cash withdrawals ”, explains Romain Pinot, head of the Parisian offices.