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MORRIS PLAINS, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 17: A close-up view of a postal truck is seen on August 17, 2020 in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has accepted House Democrats' request to come before Congress on August 24th to answer questions about recent policy and operational changes inside the postal service. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

As part of an effort to reduce shipping costs, the US Postal Office is slowing down deliveries for certain mail. The pandemic has caused issues in many different industries, and mail is no different.

Starting October 1st, the US Postal Service will have new standards for First Class Mail. Previously to October, the expectation was always 1-3 days, and now that is changing to 1-5 days.

Before you go getting all grumpy though, USPS says this change will not affect about 61% of mail; letters and bills that are traveling within the same region will still arrive within two days. The changes mostly affect mail that is traveling long distances. If you mail something to less than 900 miles away, it will take three days. Mail traveling any longer than 900 miles could take 4-5 days.

Ultimately, this will be very important around the holidays when timing is more sensitive for mail. Looks like we aren’t out of the blue yet when it comes to the way COVID is affecting businesses.

CLICK HERE to check out USPS’s fact sheet.