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USPS COVID-19 Update March 31st, 2020

Source: USPS / www.usps.com / March 31st, 2020

The United  States Postal Service is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019  (COVID-19) situation and continues to follow strategies and measures  recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments. The CDC has information available on its website  at https://www.coronavirus.gov that provides the latest information about COVID-19. We are sharing the  CDC’s guidance to our employees via stand-up talks, employee news articles,  messages on bulletin boards, videos and an intranet site directly to employees  and within USPS workplaces. 

The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html),  the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses),  and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that  COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.  

The  Postal Service has so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the  United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We do continue to  have a temporary suspension of the guarantee on Priority Mail Express  International destined for China and Hong Kong, which has been effective since  Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, due to widespread airline cancellations and restrictions  into this area. In addition, customers may see delays in mail and packages  destined to China as well as from China, as well as to and from European  countries subject to restricted passenger airline travel. The Postal Service is  undertaking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact to our customers. 

In addition, the  Postal Service is an essential service for purposes of its compliance with state  or municipality shelter-in-place orders or other social distancing  restrictions. The Postal Service delivers medications, social security  checks, and is the leading delivery service for on-line purchases. The  statute that created the Postal Service begins with the following sentence.  “The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental  service provided to the people by the Government of the United States,  authorized by the Constitution, created by an Act of Congress, and supported by  the people.” 39 U.S.C. §101(a).

For more  information, see the USPS Coronavirus Statement.

USPS Continuity of Operations Update:
(March 28, 2020) Business Closed – Hold Mail
  (March 23, 2020) Safety of the Mail | USPS and Mail Supply Chain Essential Government Services
  Previous updates: March 20 | March 19 | March 18


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