A man holding an Amazon delivery.

Is Amazon affected by the Covid-19 pandemic? (Picture: Getty Images)

The country is currently getting used to life under lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, following Boris Johnson’s orders to the public to stay at home.

With non-essential shops having been closed and people limiting how much they venture out, it’s no surprise that many are falling back on online shopping to ensure they can still have the things they need and want during this time.

All of which means it’s a potentially busy time for companies such as Amazon – but is the online giant still delivering during the lockdown?

Here’s what you need to know…

Is Amazon still doing deliveries during the lockdown?

Amazon has confirmed on its website that they are indeed continuing to deliver goods during the UK’s lockdown.

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However, they have said on their website that they are currently prioritising deliveries of the items most needed by customers – specifically food, health and personal care products, and books and items people may need to work from home.

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery

Amazon has said deliveries may take longer than usual (Picture: Reuters)

They’ve also pointed out that delivery times may be longer than normal.

Drivers have also been asked to minimise contact with customers by placing packages at the doorstep and stepping back – while ID checks will also be conducted from a distance.

You can find out more information about delivery times on the Amazon website.

It’s also worth noting that due to high demand some items may currently be sold out on Amazon.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, other chains such as Tesco, Argos, Marks and Spencer and John Lewis are all still operating online.

Is it safe to receive orders from Amazon?

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Despite concerns over how long the virus can live on surfaces, Amazon have confirmed it’s safe to receive packages from them.

The risk of someone who has the virus contaminating a package is low, while the risk of a package arriving from overseas being contaminated with Covid-19 is also low.

So you can carry on ordering and receiving your Amazon purchases as normal.

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