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Richmond Offering Free Face Masks At Nearly 50 Locations

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Photo Credit: Marco Verch

Richmond residents will now have access to free disposable masks to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Levar Stoney announced Friday the city is creating a new mask distribution network. The free disposable masks are being offered at nearly 50 pick-up locations throughout Richmond. The masks are being paid for using state and federal COVID-19 emergency funding.

Stoney said the city is hoping to connect people with the personal protective equipment they need, regardless of their ability to pay.

“Wearing a mask is the easiest way to show love and respect for your neighbor,” he said in a press release. “Masks are scientifically proven to help stop the spread, so we’re making sure everyone has access to them, regardless of the money in their pocket or zip code they live in.”

Right now, the free masks are mainly available at public libraries, community centers and health department buildings. But Stoney says the program has room to grow; Nonprofits and other organizations can volunteer to be an additional pick-up spot. Interested organizations can apply here.

Residents looking for a pick-up location near them can call 3-1-1 or view an interactive map at RVAStrong.org/GetAMask.