PORTLAND — The U.S. Postal Service said that five small Maine post offices have reduced their hours as part of the Postal Service’s cost-cutting plan, and 200 more will do the same in the next two years.

The financially troubled Postal Service announced earlier this year it was planning to shut down post offices and reduce operating hours at others.

The Bangor Daily News said that post offices that regularly had eight hours have been cut to six or four hours.

In more extreme cases, some post offices are open only two hours a day.

Postal Service spokesman Tom Rizzo said the changes affect only counter service, and that people will still be able to gain access to the lobby and post office boxes when counters are closed.

 

This story was updated at 3:09 p.m. on Dec. 26 to correct the number of affected post offices: the correct number is 5 post offices, not 55.