As part of the national day of mourning for President George H. W. Bush, there will be no mail delivery on Wednesday.
The Postal Service says the funeral will be an impromptu federal holiday. Many people sending mail Tuesday say it’s appropriate the Post Office is halting service to honor President Bush - but it does come at the busiest time of the year for shipping, and that’s got some folks scrambling.
With flags at half-staff, the Post Office prepared to close Tuesday, as many customers rushed to send mail and ship packages.
“There’s so many people trying to do the same thing for their relatives all over the world,” said Denise Tindal-Escoffery, who was sending mail Tuesday.
Customers like her and Nancy Tucker are buying stamps last minute, and reflecting on the legacy of the late president.
“He was a wonderful president and great man,” said Tucker. “I think it’s very appropriate for the nation to kind of put things on hold for a few hours. Even though its Christmastime.”
She, like many, adjusted to the United States Postal Service's plan to limit package delivery Wednesday. Regular mail deliveries and retail services will be suspended.
“It’s a minor disruption, but we will work through it, and we’re doing the full court press out seven days a week,” said Karen Mazurkiewicz, a spokerperson for the US Postal Service. “We will continue to do that and continue to deliver for our customers."
The Post Office will deliver priority mail, and the Post Office says it will still deliver Amazon orders.
But some folks shipping internationally are concerned.
“I expect packages every day,” added customer Tindal-Escoffery. “My daughter and her husband live in South Korea, so we’re trying to get Christmas to them because it takes anywhere from 17-21 days before they receive the packages. Time is of the essence."
The Post Office says if you're expecting a package tomorrow, it will likely arrive a day or two later.