FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Anyone in Fort St. John waiting for mail to arrive may have to wait a little longer due to the Omicron variant and weather in B.C.

Canada Post says post offices across the country are dealing with impacts to staffing due to COVID-19 and the current variant making cases surge.

Post offices are responding by implementing contingency plans where necessary and adjusting operations, Canada Post said.

“We are advising customers through our website and mobile tracking site,” wrote Canada Post’s media relations officer in an email.

“We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our people and the communities we serve. In addition to our Mandatory Vaccination Practice, we’re continuing to follow COVID-19 safety protocols in the workplace.”

Canada Post says the weather in B.C. has affected mail processing in Metro Vancouver, causing some delays across the province.

The province has seen many red alerts — when deliveries are suspended because it’s not safe for delivery agents to be out — due to snowstorms and inclement weather since Christmas Eve.

“We’ve also had days with yellow alerts, which means we’re making every effort to deliver, but customers might see delays. Our alerts are posted on our Delivery service alerts page, and they are also archived.”