We didn't get any mail today. That's unusual for our family of four. Come to think of it, we didn't get any mail on Tuesday either. Is there a pattern here?

As a matter of fact, there is. I decided to do a little research and discovered that the post office may now be delivering mail to residential customers every other day, rather than six days per week during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Detroit's WJBK, the postal service says Southeast Michigan customers whose zip codes are in the 480xx to 485xx range may only be getting mail delivered every other day. This includes all of Genesee County and many customers in the Detroit metro area.

This will only affect some, not all customers living in those zip codes.

If you've discovered a slowdown in your mail service, this may be the reason why.

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According to a statement, the US Post Office is taking the following measures to safeguard its employees and customers from the spread of coronavirus:

  • Ensuring millions of masks, gloves and cleaning and sanitizing product are available and distributed to more than 30,000 locations every day.
  • Reinforcing workplace behaviors to ensure that contact among our employees and with our customers reflects the best guidance regarding healthy interactions, social distancing, and risk minimization.

The postal service also says it has updated its cleaning policies to reflect CDC guidelines.