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Employees to receive new face coverings

Jeff Summers, a Topeka, KS, senior supply chain planner for USPS, wears one of the new face coverings.

The Postal Service will distribute additional reusable face coverings to all employees as part of the organization’s ongoing effort to help its workers stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Response Command and Supply Management are distributing the new coverings, starting this week. The distribution will continue through November.

The new coverings are blue and embossed with the Postal Service logo. Each employee will receive one face covering.

Here’s how the coverings will be distributed:

• Each district supply coordinator will receive and distribute face coverings for employees in their districts, including employees at mail processing facilities.

• Employees at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC; headquarters field units; and area offices will be mailed face coverings to their home addresses.

• Postal Inspection Service employees in field locations will receive their face coverings from division personnel, while Inspection Service employees at USPS headquarters will receive their coverings from agency management.

• Face coverings will be sent to the Office of Inspector General headquarters to distribute to employees there.

• Extra face coverings will be sent to district offices for new employees hired during peak season.

Additional requests for disposable or reusable face coverings must follow the established process of ordering through each district’s supply coordinator.

During the summer, the Postal Service issued gray cloth face coverings to all employees.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially where other social distancing measures, such as standing 6 feet apart, are difficult to maintain.

During the coronavirus pandemic, USPS requires all employees to wear face coverings when there is a state or local face covering order or directive in place or when an employee — including those who do not deal directly with the public — cannot achieve or maintain social distancing in the workplace.

The Postal Service also encourages employees to follow the CDC’s guidance, along with its recommendations on proper handwashing and good personal hygiene.