The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday that they will be transitioning to a new delivery schedule on August 5. This new schedule is reducing the mail delivery days to Monday through Friday and package delivery to Monday through Saturday.
"It shocked everyone," said Macon Post Office Postmaster Bill Reitz.
In addition to the schedule change, the Quincy Mail Processing and Distribution Center closed its doors on Saturday.
"We will get our mail from Columbia now," said Reitz. "It will improve Columbia and the Jefferson City area, but people might see a difference in the mail going east of here. It may take a day or two longer."
This change will generate approximately $2 billion savings for the Postal Service.
Congressman Sam Graves said, "I do not support the United States Postal Service plan to end Saturday delivery ... I worry that reducing services will lead to other reductions like closing rural post offices. There is still a large group of people—particularly in rural areas—whose lifeline to the outside world is the Postal Service. I've introduced a sense of Congress, asking the postal service to keep mail delivery at six days a week."
According to Valerie Welsch, Accredited Public Relations for the U.S. Postal Service, she didn't know how this change would affect Macon specifically.
"I doubt it will affect the number of employees, but I can't speculate to that," said Welsch. "It's too early to tell."
Mail addressed to PO Boxes will continue to be delivered on Saturdays and post offices that are currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.