Christmas time is the busiest time of year for the USPS
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Christmas is the busiest time of year for the United States Postal Service. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have been getting packages delivered to avoid going out and shopping around other people. With last minute cards and packages being sent out, this is traditionally the busiest week of the year – and the postal service is expecting an increase in mail this year due to the pandemic. This year there are additional guidelines in place to make delivering packages to the public safer.
Rapid City Postmaster, Lyle LaCroix, said, “Knocking on doors, that type of thing, cleaning our vehicles more often carriers wiping down stuff. So typically they won’t knock on the door or ring the doorbell that type of thing, unless they got gloves on. We ask them to take those protocols and just be safe, its for the benefit of everybody.”
Friday is the last day for first-class mail and Saturday is the last day for priority mail. Express mail will be available until the 23rd of December which provides one to two day expedited service.
“There are a lot of places around the country that are still being quarantined, so a lot of people ordering things and have it delivered in the mail.”
The Postal Service offers a variety of different options for the public to get their packages shipped.
“There’s other avenues to mail stuff as well, the SSK that’s out in the lobby – the self service kiosk – and we do have contract postal units around town that they can use as well. Also online click-and-ship where they can order packing materials, priority boxes, and stuff that the carriers will leave at the door and then come back and pick it up,” said LaCroix.
USPS delivers packages on Sundays, but will not be delivering Christmas Day.