The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Lane Gwinn
The Times 

Let's support our local post offices


November 26, 2020

Lane Gwinn

Mail delivery is deemed an essential service by the government. Americans rely on the timely delivery of everything from prescription medications to Social Security checks. Many residents in our community must go to the post office to pick up or send mail and packages. Residents who are older or have underlying conditions do not always have the option to avoid making a trip to the post office.

Our local postal workers work hard to ensure the facility, including the post office boxes, lobby, and areas outside the front and back doors, are safe for customers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Postal workers are our neighbors and friends, and family.

They wear masks, work behind plastic shields, and use hand sanitizer and gloves throughout the day to protect their community, friends, and family. They do this with professionalism, good cheer, and humor.

The only thing they have asked from us is to help them protect every customer who comes to the office. The windows at the Waitsburg post office is covered with signage that reminds customers to wear a mask when entering the post office.

Where our postal workers must wear masks all day, customers spend less than a few minutes at their post box, maybe up to 5 minutes if they need to go into the lobby to pick up or send a package. Those few minutes can make a difference in containing the spread of the virus in our town. Tuesday, November 24, our case count has risen to 18 cases and is expected to increase over the next week.

Please let us show all our local postal workers our gratitude and respect by wearing masks.


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