Coast to coast

The Postal Service expanded its Extended Mail Forwarding market test nationwide on Oct. 1.

Extended Mail Forwarding allows customers to pay a fee to extend an existing permanent Change of Address request in six-month increments for up to 18 months.

USPS began testing the service in nine districts on Aug. 1. By Sept. 27, the Postal Service had generated more than $500,000 in revenue from 21,000 forwarding requests.

Extended Mail Forwarding is geared toward customers who may be displaced temporarily, on extended assignments, or who may not have updated their mailing contacts within the usual mail forwarding period of 15 days to one year.

Here are the Extended Mail Forwarding fees and options available to customers:

• $19.95 (six-month extension)
• $29.95 (12-month extension)
• $39.95 (18-month extension)

Customers with existing permanent Change of Address requests can sign up for the service at Retail Systems Software locations, locations with self-service kiosks or through usps.com.

Customers can also request Extended Mail Forwarding when submitting their initial Change of Address request using the Mover’s Guide on usps.com.

The test could last up to three years. For additional information, email the USPS Shipping Services team.

Pandemic guidance

The Postal Service is reminding employees that they must comply with local and state orders or directives to wear face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic.

All employees, including those who do not deal directly with the public, must adhere to these orders and directives.

Employees are also required to wear face coverings when they are unable to effectively maintain social distancing. This includes while on delivery routes, at retail counters, in plants, on docks and in lunch and break rooms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additionally, employees are urged to practice proper hygiene, including washing hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds or using a 60 percent or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available.

Together, these steps can dramatically reduce transmission and help ensure the safety and wellness of employees.

The Postal Service recently distributed a stand-up talk with this information.

Additionally, USPS has distributed posters that can be displayed near the entrance of each facility that advise employees to not enter if they are feeling sick and to seek medical attention.