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Merrifield, VA, Retail Associate Kabirul Islam

Kabirul Islam is vigilant in his efforts to help keep the Merrifield, VA, Post Office safe for his colleagues and customers.

The retail associate understands the importance of following the Postal Service’s new guidelines to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“We wear masks and gloves and put hand sanitizer in the lobby area for our customers,” says Islam, who has worked for USPS for 13 years.

The Postal Service wants all employees to follow the new procedures, as well as the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help guard against COVID-19.

Islam says he pays particular attention to these guidelines:

• Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to help fight the spread of germs.

• Sanitize your area often. Islam and his colleagues disinfect the retail counter and lobby at least once every hour.

Ensure customers follow social distancing rules. Floor tape helps customers stand at least 6 feet apart while waiting to be served, and USPS limits the number of people in a Post Office to 10 at a time.

Because he knows the CDC recommends employees stay home if sick, Islam makes sure he is not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms before leaving home. He also explains the Postal Service’s new cleaning and social distancing practices to each customer he serves.

“They are also happy we are still here working and are wearing our masks and gloves,” he says. “If I protect myself, I protect my customers.”

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