VENTNOR post office has been forced to close for at least three weeks, because of the government's strict coronavirus measures, its owners have said.

The counter is within a shop that does not sell food and is not considered essential by the government, say the team.

It is a significant loss to the town, which has already lost all its banks, but it will reopen as soon as it is allowed to do so.

Customers are pointed to St Lawrence or Wroxall instead, but Ventnor's team is warning Islanders to check before they travel.

No banks, now no post office - new High Street blow for Ventnor residents

In a statement, Andy and Steve said: "I am sorry but we have had no choice but to close Ventnor Post Office following the latest Post Office and Government Advice regarding the Coronavirus.

"Seasons is classed as an non-essential shop (we sell cards gifts and stationery - all non essential items) and so according to government advice the shop has to close. The post office is within Seasons and so it also has to remain closed as long as the shop is closed.

"We will remain closed for three weeks, until the government tells us otherwise. Otherwise we are subject to fines from the government.

"Post offices that are within food outlets are allowed to remain open, but do check with the offices first to make sure they are also open before you make the journey.

"This is not a decision we have had any choice about and we know that this will be inconvenient for many of our lovely and loyal customers.

"Remember to stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of the virus, only go out when absolutely necessary, Stay At Home !!! Stay Safe and Stay Well !!"