Christmas Eve this December 24 and Christmas day that is celebrated on December 25, are dates to share with family and friends, taking particularly this year, all the biosecurity measures and precautions as a result of Covid-19. However, as with many federal holidays, many businesses and services are closed, including post offices and Postal Service post offices , although some post office lobbies are likely still open for self-service kiosks that are not they need staff.
Is the mail open on December 24?
The answer is yes. But, according to the USPS website , the opening and closing hours on Christmas Eve may vary depending on each post office. Therefore, it is recommended to check with your Mass Mail Incoming Unit to know the opening hours. You can check it here.
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Is the postal service open at Christmas?
Unfortunately, here we will have to answer you with a resounding NO. Because today is a federal holiday, the USPS will not be open and the United States Postal Service will not deliver mail. However, some post office services are available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. With a USPS.com account, you can order stamps, print shipping labels, order boxes and other mailing supplies, and request package pickup.
Postal mail – USPS will not be open on December 25, 2020
Holidays on which UPS delivery services are typically closed include the following days: New Year’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The only service UPS offers on these holidays is UPS Express Critical. Call 1-800-714-8779 or visit UPSExpressCritical.com for more information. The UPS Express Critical service includes air, ground, charter service options, among others.
Other large courier companies have their own hours and operate totally or partially on some holidays. FedEx and UPS do not deliver on Christmas Day except through their urgent and critical delivery services, and the UPS Store and FedEx Office will be closed. Most services will operate normally on Christmas Eve, that is, Thursday, December 24, but stores may have modified hours.
As for FedEx, the official ones are usually closed on the following dates: Easter, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. While they are usually open (or with modified hours) on New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.
The USPS is experiencing high demand and parcel delays
Many of the people, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, decided to make their Christmas purchases online, therefore, the United States postal service has experienced strong demand that has delayed the shipment of packages. For this reason, Christmas gifts may not arrive on time at your doorstep, as the Postal Service offices do not provide enough.
James Boxrud, a Colorado-based USPS spokesman, said they are experiencing an all-time high volume of demand. Many postal workers are working overtime, and will even work on Christmas Eve to deliver packages.
“This week is our busiest week, our busiest month, our busiest year. We are seeing many packages ”. Said.
Additionally, the Washington Post reported that nearly 19,000 of the agency’s 644,000 workers are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.