Denver mail hub stays open despite coronavirus closure order

Employees meet outside the U.S. Postal Service distribution facility Friday, May 22, 2020, in east Denver. The facility, which handles 10-million pieces of mail daily for Colorado and Wyoming, is still open despite being ordered to shut down by city health officials because of a coronavirus outbreak investigation. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service distribution facility in Denver that handles 10 million pieces of mail a day for Colorado and Wyoming is still open despite being ordered to shut down by city health officials because of a coronavirus outbreak investigation.

The agency said it is complying with federal safety guidelines and working with city officials to address their concerns. Denver health officials say the closure order was a last resort after the Postal Service refused to provide it with necessary information and inspectors were refused entry beyond its post office service counter.