‘It’s like Christmastime’: Delivery workers see uptick in online orders amid virus restrictions

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People may be going out less and following social-distancing guidelines, but package delivery workers say that hasn’t stopped some homebound residents from shopping online — a lot.

UPS worker Joseph Osinski said since the coronavirus restrictions have been in place, he's seen an increase in people ordering packages — and that has kept him pretty busy on his route in Fairmount.

“My normal stops are like 150 (packages) a day. So, 300 packages a day, 350,” he said of what he’s delivering now. “It's just like Christmastime — maybe a little bit more.”

His route now extends an extra hour and a half each day for the excess deliveries.

National UPS public relations manager Matthew O'Conner said while residential service has grown, business deliveries have dropped off. The company is also taking additional measures to implement hygiene and social distancing protocols. 

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging consistent handwashing, because, health officials say, the virus may live on cardboard for up to a day. 

Oshinski now handles packages with gloves, and he’s tried not to have contact with people. 

“You just got to be careful,” he said.