Easter Sunday falls on April 12, 2020, this year, which means that the Good Friday is April 10. If you are expecting mail or have something to send out, you are probably wondering if your local mailperson will be dropping off your mail or if you can send outgoing mail at the post office on Good Friday.
On Good Friday, mail is still delivered and the post offices remain open on the religious holiday. That goes for Amazon, UPS, and FedEx deliveries, too.
Good Friday & Easter Sunday Are Not Considered Federal Holidays
With the exception of Christmas, religious holidays are not observed as federal holidays, which means federal institutions such as the United States Postal Service do not close on Good Friday. Easter, while also not considered a federal holiday falls on a Sunday each year, and mail delivery and postal services are always closed on Sundays.
The US federal holidays, on which mail delivery and postal services are halted, are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
In the United States, 12 states have chosen to recognize Good Friday as a holiday. If you live in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Tennesee, New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, Kentucky, Texas, state and regional institutions may be closed on Good Friday, but you should still anticipate that your mail will be delivered.
In Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the USPS Was Deemed an ‘Essential Service’
To reduce the spread of coronavirus through the United States, many nonessential businesses and services were halted or transitioned to work-from-home models in order to keep Americans in their homes. Mail delivery and the United States Postal Service are among the businesses deemed “essential,” which means that mail will still be picked up and delivered through the pandemic.
In a media statement, the USPS assured those concerned that services would not stop during the pandemic. They said “The Postal Service delivers much-needed medications and Social Security checks, and we are the leading delivery service for online purchases. The Postal Service is an essential service for purposes of compliance with state or municipality shelter-in-place orders or other social distancing restrictions. The statute that created the Postal Service begins with the following sentence: ‘The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by an Act of Congress, and supported by the people.’”
To protect their employees and customers, the USPS has implemented a number of safety measures, per CDC recommendations, including supplying masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer at their nation-wide postal service locations, amending leave policies for employees who may be sick or having to take care of someone who is sick, and transitioning employees who can work from home to remote work. They also noted that the WHO says “the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”