GPOC implements pension payment measures

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, March 24, 2020

With reports of the emergence of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) will be implementing standard procedures across post offices throughout each region to protect their staff and customers especially senior citizens who uplift their pensions monthly.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), senior citizens are at a higher risk for more serious complications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the norm being senior citizens accessing pension payments during the first and second day of the new month, the GPOC will be adhering to the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO’s) guidelines to guarantee compliance in the following areas:

    • Enforcing a minimum distance of three feet between individuals accessing the services. This measure will limit the number of individuals who can enter the Post Office at any given time.
    • Persons visiting the post offices will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entry.
    • Those who present with coughs or colds will be provided with face masks.
    • The public areas will be sanitized intermittently throughout the day.
    • Customer service agents, postal clerks and postmen and women have all been provided with face masks and gloves to use while attending to the customers.

The GPOC is advising the more vulnerable population (senior citizens) to abstain from their post office visits unless it is necessary.

Note: Senior citizens can authorise their family members to uplift their pension payments.