New Bedford to provide free masks for city residents

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE)– The city of New Bedford announced today it will distribute free cloth masks to any resident that wants one, in a statement from Mayor Jon Mitchell.

Distribution will take place over three weekends starting May 30, and days are assigned to residents by ward.

A drive-through pick-up site will be assembled at New Bedford High School, 230 Hathaway Blvd.

The list of days and times for each ward are below:

–Ward 1: Saturaday, May 30 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

– Ward 2: Sunday, May 31 – 10:00 a.m. TO 2:00 p.m.

– Ward 3: Saturday, June 6 – 10:00 a.m TO 2:00 p.m.

– Ward 4: Sunday, June 7 – 10:00 a.m. TO 2:00 p.m.

– Ward 5: Saturday, June 13 – 10:00 a.m. TO 2:00 p.m.

– Ward 6: Sunday, June 14 – 10:00 a.m. TO 2:00 p.m.

The Mask NB initiative is a partnership between the American Red Cross and textile and clothing manufacturer Joseph Abboud. The New Bedford-based menswear producer retooled its production facility to produce the masks in the early stages of the pandemic, CEO Joe Bahena said.

The city has already distributed 20,000 masks as part of its initiative, according to the statement. Those masks were handed out to first responders, front-line healthcare workers, and staff and residents of nursing homes, among other vulnerable populations.

“The scientific basis for widespread mask use is growing stronger, but in order for that knowledge to make a difference, we need to take individual and collective action,” Mitchell said. “At an individual level, that means remembering to always wear a mask whenever you cannot practice social distancing.”

Those arriving at the high school are asked to remain in their cars while Red Cross volunteers distribute the masks. Residents have been requested to only take masks for those in their immediate households, or for elderly or vulnerable neighbors who are advised against leaving their homes.


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