Mail collection has been suspended at some mailboxes as well, according to the Postal Service.
“It’s part of our normal procedures to keep our employees and customers safe during times of protest or when large crowds are gathered near postal facilities, on postal routes, or by mailboxes,” Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer told CNN on Saturday.
Mailboxes will be temporarily removed as a security measure to protect postal property, employees and the public, according to press releases from Postal Service jurisdictions in at least 17 states and Washington, DC.
The Postal Service removed mailboxes in Washington, DC, during the inauguration of President Trump in 2017 as a safety measure, Partenheimer said.
The expansion of security measures to other locations across the nation is based on the Postal Service’s awareness of “planned protests or other situations involving large crowds” in key cities and areas, Partenheimer said.