U.S. Postal Service Update on Operations Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Postal Service

The United States Postal Service (USPS) 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.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads to all states in the U.S., and with more than 7,700 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service issued an update on its domestic and international operations.

The CDC and the World Health Organization and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.

USPS has so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Operations are Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Postal Service continues 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.

Customers may see delays in mail and packages destined to China as well as from China. Also, shipments to and from European countries are now subject to restricted passenger airline travel and anticipated reduction of airline operations.

The Postal Service is undertaking all reasonable measures to minimize the impact on its customers.

Also, 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 a vital delivery service for online purchases.

Do you expect the U.S. Postal Service to continue operating during the global health emergency?

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