Royal Mail are asking customers to show their support for their posties by giving them a ‘thumbs up’ during their daily rounds.

As of Friday, April 17 we are being urged to make the gesture – from a safe two metre distance – as postmen and women continue to deliver letters and parcels during the coronavirus crisis.

The postal service says it is an effective way to say thank you whilst respecting the Goverment’s social distancing rules and staying connected in the community.

With many residents in Surrey and Hampshire self-isolating, their local postie might be the only person they see all day – a contact which could help to lift their spirits.Ricky McAulay, National Service Delivery Director, Royal Mail Group, said we need to find new ways of staying connected whilst also protecting our communities:

“We know how much people like to say hi or have a chat with their post on the doorstep.

“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 post.

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

Royal Mail are also calling all children to get involved in showing their appreciation by colouring in ‘thumbs up’ drawings and displaying them in their front windows – similar to the rainbow trend of pictures displayed to support the NHS and key workers.