COVID-19: American Philatelic Society Announces Operational Changes
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library announced some operational changes. The changes are aimed at increasing the safety of the APS and APRL employees and volunteers, our members and guests. Further, these steps are designed to assist in nationwide efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Building Operations: The American Philatelic Center, including the American Philatelic Research Library, will be closed to the public through April 13, 2020. For clubs and members who have scheduled trips through May 18, 2020, please contact the APS immediately to reschedule.
Staff Operations: APS and APRL employees will continue to work and adhere to the protocols issued by the CDC. We will allow telecommuting options, flexible and staggered work hours for the next four weeks. Staff is advised to stay home if they are feeling ill or potentially exposed to remain at home. We will be focusing on cleaning efforts to high touch areas and maintain antibacterial stations around the building. Finally, we will be using safe handling protocols with mail and packaging.
Staff Travel: All planned staff travel through May 18, 2020 has been canceled.
Updates: We will continue to follow developments through local, state, and national health officials and will make changes as circumstances warrant. We will continue to update the collecting community on cancellations, postponements, and other COVID-19-related news on our website at www.stamps.org.
Stamp Clubs and Stamp Shows: Officials across the nation are encouraging social distancing for the weeks ahead. Please follow the advice of our public health officials and monitor for updated announcements. We do encourage you to stay connected with your fellow collectors electronically.
In the meantime, we hope you are able to get caught up on organizing your collection and please visit the APS website for news, information, courses, and more.
The American Philatelic Society is regularly updating a full list of canceled and postponed philatelic events. See the full list here.
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