Postal Service to suspend most deliveries on national day of mourning

Postal Service to suspend most deliveries on national day of mourning

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GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, the 41st President of the United States, lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, December 3, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
A member of the military stands watch over former President George H.W. Bush body lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Wednesday is a national day of mourning for the 41st president. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is suspending most of its services Wednesday to honor the national day of mourning for the former President George H.W. Bush.

USPS says in a statement on its website, “Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec. 5.”

There will be limited package delivery, to prevent a logjam of parcels during the holiday season.

Other closures or suspensions of activity on the national day of mourning include the following:

  • The House has cancelled all votes for the week.
  • The Senate has postponed votes until after Wednesday funeral.
  • All federal offices will be closed. Federal employees are excused from work; exceptions are being made for reasons of national security or essential public business.
  • The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed. Some courts and banks will be closed.
  • The Supreme Court said on Sunday that it will suspend arguments for the day and the building will be closed. The justices will resume hearing oral arguments Thursday morning with the cases that had been scheduled for Wednesday,  according to a statement from the high court.
  • The House has cancelled all votes for the week.
  • The Senate has postponed votes until after Wednesday funeral.

The former one-term president died Friday night and President Donald Trump announced the next day that a national day of mourning would be observed on Wednesday. A state funeral will be held in the morning at Washington National Cathedral.

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