Going the distance

The Postal Service is providing retail employees with new guidelines to help them practice social distancing on the job during the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidelines are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advises people to stay at least 6 feet apart from each other in public to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Under the guidelines, USPS retail locations must place tape on the floor to show where customers can stand in line to remain at a safe distance; display social distancing signage in lobbies; and use every other window station, if operationally feasible.

Additionally, the Postal Service is advising retail employees to politely ask customers to adhere to the guidelines by maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart. The guidelines also advise employees to thank customers for their cooperation.

USPS managers and supervisors began delivering a mandatory stand-up talk last week to explain the new procedures to retail associates and other employees.

The organization is also providing other workers with safety guidance during the pandemic, including letter carriers.

The Postal Service’s COVID-19 Blue and LiteBlue pages have additional resources for employees

Care enough

Hallmark is giving away 2 million greeting cards that customers can mail to friends and family to spread encouragement as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

The company is offering a free three-card pack to help people maintain connections in a time of social distancing and self-isolation. In addition to mailing cards to loved ones, the company has suggested giving them to health care workers and others on the front lines of the crisis.

“Hallmark has been in the business of caring for more than 100 years, so lending a hand to help others connect is part of our DNA,” Lindsey Roy, the company’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “During a time of unprecedented social distancing, we hope these cards will be shared across neighborhoods, towns and the country to help lift spirits.”

The Postal Service is helping Hallmark promote the giveaway and providing other support. When customers go to Hallmark.com/CareEnough to request a card pack, they can also select a link that takes them to usps.com where they can order stamps.

Hallmark announced the giveaway March 27 and initially planned to donate 1 million cards, but the company doubled the number this week.

“Thanks to your amazing response, we’ve decided to give away twice as many cards to help even more people reach out and put more care in the world!” Hallmark wrote in a March 30 post that USPS shared through its social media channels.

The company is encouraging people to share the news of the giveaway on social media using the hashtag #CareEnough.