Amid the current pandemic, U.S. Postal Service® workers are continuing to provide service to their communities. As one of the occupations deemed essential, mail carriers are providing a sense of normalcy and are allowing business and communications to continue.

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Although the way we do business has changed, companies still need to receive their mail. With many local businesses closing their doors or changing their hours, owners are having their mail forwarded to their homes. 

The Postal Service is delivering more than just physical mail. Since so many people are staying home, it’s understandable that online shopping has increased. Many people, especially the elderly population, are having their medications delivered, in addition to everyday necessities such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. 

The Times Leader spoke to Chase Parent, a letter carrier for the Princeton Post Office and has been with them since last September. 

“Most people have been shut up inside for a long time, so when they see their postal carrier, they’ll come out and talk to us for a little bit and try to get a little bit of normalcy and contact with the outside world,” Chase said. 

Chase goes on to say that although they’re having conversations, everyone is keeping the 6-foot distance guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Every morning, post offices all over the nation hold safety briefings to ensure that their staff is provided with the most up-to-date information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

To all of the essential workers out there on the front lines, we thank you. 

During this time, it’s key to stay updated on the ongoing USPS changes that are taking place. Stay informed by checking, For updates on international service disruptions, visit

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