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Canada Post announced service disruptions to several municipalities on Vancouver Island following snowstorms on the weekend.

The mail service said they are issuing a “yellow alert” for Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Parksville, Port Alberni, Ganges, Sooke, Courtenay and Campbell River.

A yellow alert means that Canada Post will be attempting deliveries in these areas, but delays are expected.

Customers in affected municipalities are encouraged to clear snow and ice from walkways, stairs, and driveways to ensure safe access for mail carriers and other visitors.

In Cobble Hill, Chemainus, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, and Pender Island, service was suspended altogether with Canada Post issuing a red alert.

Red alerts are issued in cases where the mail service has determined that conditions have become unsafe for delivery agents.

Canada Post says that delivery service will resume in these areas once it is safe to do so.

The service disruption is on top of a standing alert regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and Canada Post experiencing higher delivery volumes along with enhanced safety protocols.

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