(CNNMONEY.COM) The U.S. Postal Service has backed down from its plan to stop Saturday mail delivery.

The agency’s board said Wednesday that mail will continue to be delivered six days a week. In February, the Postal Service announced that starting in August it would stop delivering mail on Saturdays, except for packages and express mail.

The board said it decided to stay the course because of a Congressional mandate for Saturday delivery that had been on the books since the 1980s. Congress decided to keep that mandate last month, when itpassed a funding measure to keep the government running.

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