Before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden some mailboxes were temporarily removed in many major U.S. cities for security purposes. This was reported on Saturday, January 16, the television channel CNN, citing a statement of the U.S. Postal Service.
“This is part of our normal procedure to ensure the safety of our employees and customers during protests or when large crowds gather near post offices, on postal routes or at mailboxes,” agency spokesman David Partenheimer explained.
Mailboxes will be temporarily absent in at least 17 states.
In Washington, D.C., mailboxes will either be removed or locked. In addition, 14 post offices will be closed on Inauguration Day.
Partenheimer added that in 2017, during Donald Trump’s inauguration, the agency took similar security measures in the capital.
This year, he said, the boxes were removed in other cities due to reports of “planned protests or other situations involving large crowds.”