Czech Post will shut 56 offices in the Moravian-Silesian Region by the middle of this year, followed by Prague, which will lose 35 branches.
Česká pošta will shut between 13 and 24 branches in the remaining areas. In total, the number of branches is to be reduced by 300 to 2,900 by 1 July.
The cuts are necessitated by a sharp decline in demand for postal services.
According to newly approved regulations every municipality of over 2,500 people must have a post office within a distance of three kilometers, not two which was the previous norm.
The move has raised concern among elderly people living in small villages whose branch is due to close.
Opava Mayor Tomáš Navrátil (ANO) considers the plan an outrage. “The situation is even worse because we learned about it from the media. No one from the management or the ministry discussed this matter with us. We do not agree with this step and will initiate negotiations with the post office,” he said, adding that he did not yet know which Opava branches would be closed.
“I have promised that the mayors will be the first to know which branch of the post office will be closed in their area. And because partial information is leaking to the media, I have asked the post office to communicate this information to the mayors today,” replied Interior Minister Vít Rakušan.
Branches in Prague to close by July 1: