Here's why the Royal Mail wants you to give your postie a thumbs-up during lockdown

The Royal Mail is calling on customers to show their support for their postie during lockdown – by giving them the thumbs up.

By Darren Burke
Monday, 20th April 2020, 9:31 am
Updated Monday, 20th April 2020, 9:33 am

Bosses are asking customers to show their appreciation for their postman or woman by giving them a ‘thumbs up’ - from a safe two metres distance - as they go about their rounds during the coronavirus pandemic.

This safe distance is just over the height of a Royal Mail postbox away. Giving a thumbs up is also a handy reminder not to reach out to try and take parcels direct from postmen and women to ensure contact free delivery.

Royal Mail’s postmen and postwomen are at the heart of the communities in which they work. With the country observing Government advice to stay home, for many people their local postman or woman may be one of the few friendly faces they see each day. The delivery of letters and parcels is an important way to keep connected for those who may be unable to leave their home.

The Royal Mail has come up with its thumbs up initiative to support postal workers.

The move comes as postmen and women across the UK have been inundated with thank you messages and pictures from children and customers.

As well as giving their posties a friendly thumbs up when they see them, Royal Mail is asking customers to share selfies with their thumbs up using the hashtag #ThumbsUpForYourPostie.

Royal Mail is also encouraging children to put ‘thumbs up’ pictures in their front window. Templates are available to download from If children wish to get involved, they are encouraged to be bold, creative and colourful with their creations to put a smile on the faces of posties and passers-by alike.

Ricky McAulay of Royal Mail said: “We know how much people like to say hi or have a chat with their postie on the doorstep. During this time, we need to find new ways of staying connected whilst also protecting our communities. We hope that giving a thumbs up is a handy way of reminding people to keep a safe distance when we are out and about delivering the post.

“I would also like to thank our people for doing such a great job at this challenging time.”