USPS brings back mask policy for workforce — with or without vaccination

The Postal Service is requiring its employees — regardless of their vaccination status — to once again wear masks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

The policy requires USPS employees to wear masks in public-facing settings when there is a state or local face-covering order or directive in place, or when an employee who does not deal directly with the public cannot achieve or maintain social distancing in the workplace.

Deputy Postmaster General Doug Tulino, who also serves as the agency’s chief human resources officer, said in a memo that employees are required to wear face coverings “regardless of their vaccination status” until further notice.

 


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This must be watch every day

I’m definitely not wearing a mask in the sweltering heat without AC!

Is his the proverbial canary in the coal mine? The USPS could be an early indicator of the Delta variant at the local (delivery zone) level the way Royal Mail is doing at the postcode level, e.g., -“We’re very sorry to advise that due to resourcing issues and associated self-isolation at our Enfield Delivery Office, deliveries in parts of the EN1 to EN3 postcode areas will likely be disrupted today and next week.”

If the vaccines work, which I believe they do, why should the vaccinated mask up? Anti-science is practically public policy. The incentive to get the vaccine was to resume normal life. If you say there’s no benefit to getting it, people won’t bother. Everyone has had a chance by now, and you’re not going to change the numbers at this point.