Greensboro is partnering with local groups to provide free face masks to the public as concerns over COVID-19 remain. They'll be available starting Wednesday, April 29.

The city is joining forces with United Way of Greater Greensboro and Cone Health. The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation is underwriting the initiative.

Their goal is to distribute thousands of masks to local residents to minimize the spread of COVID-19. “We've ordered 30,000 to start,” says Jake Keys, a spokesperson with the city.

The coverings will be made of reusable fabric. Health officials advise individuals to wear them in public, especially where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Residents can pick up one free facemask for each member of their household while supplies last. The city will pass them out Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Melvin Municipal Office Building on Washington Street. They will also be distributed on Wednesdays only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at United Way of Greater Greensboro on Yanceyville Street.

Other cities are also working on similar projects. Winston-Salem recently began a community-wide initiative called “Mask The City.” Organizers say they want to get as many residents as possible to wear a face mask in public through May 31.

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