Note: The American Philatelic Center reopened to essential employees on Friday, December 18, 2020.
Due to severe weather in Central Pennsylania, the American Philatelic Center was closed, effective at Noon, Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a proclamation of disaster emergency, in anticipation of a major winter storm expected to bring as much as two feet of snow to parts of the commonwealth.
“The safety of our staff is our top priority.” said Scott English, Executive Director of APS. “As a result of the pandemic, our team is more flexible than ever to serve APS members whether onsite or remotely.”
The closing impacts the essential operations employees of the American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library who are allowed to work inside the APC. Pennsylvania remains under temporary mitigation measures impacting all non-life sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth, due to recent increases in deaths and positive tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winter storm comes during a very busy time of the year for the APS StampStore and APRL, with both departments shipping out holiday orders.
English said the operational staff is prepared to keep orders flowing. “Please understand, there may be delays in shipping due to the APC closure, but we will work to have everything shipped as soon as we are opened again.”
Essential operational employees will return to the American Philatelic Center as soon as it is safe to travel in the area.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to email APS or APRL.