Mail suspended for Wednesday day of mourning

December 5, 2018

Mail service will be suspended Wednesday during a national day of mourning for the death of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.

President Donald J. Trump proclaimed the George H. W. Bush Day of Mourning and has called on the American people to pay homage to Bush’s memory. Bush was the nation’s 41st commander-in-chief. He died Friday, and his funeral will be Wednesday.

According to a written release from the Postal Service, the service will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service on Wednesday, but will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that the Postal Service network remains fluid and USPS does not experience any impacts to its package delivery operations that might negatively affect customers or business partners during the remainder of the busy holiday season.

All Postal Service facilities — including headquarters in Washington, DC, and area and district administrative offices — are included in the national day of mourning. Local managers will advise employees on staffing levels to maintain operations and prepare for the resumption of regular activities Thursday, Dec. 6.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

In addition to the mail suspension, U.S. flags will continue to fly at half-staff, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be idled on Wednesday, all federal offices and some banks and courts will be closed, and the Supreme Court, House and Senate are calling a temporary halt to their work.

The state of Minnesota has rescheduled the release of its budget and economic forecast from Wednesday to 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the State Capitol, also in honor of the day of mourning.

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