Masks? The towns have you covered.


From Staff Reports

Need a mask, now that Orange County generally requires you to have one on in almost all situations? The towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill have got you covered.

Carrboro has begun a community mask/face coverings distribution plan, first targeting the most vulnerable communities, including low-income neighborhoods, African American, Latinx and immigrant communities and senior living facilities. Direct distribution to these communities is already underway.

Free masks are also available for those in need at Carrboro’s police and fire stations.

  • At the Carrboro Police Department
    100 N. Greensboro St.
    Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • At the Carrboro Fire Department
    Fire Station 1, 301 W. Main St. and Fire Station 2, 1411 Homestead Road
    Wednesday and Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

“We hope to satisfy the expected demand of any resident who may be in need,” said Carrboro Town Manager David Andrews. Carrboro wants “to ensure that everyone in our town has access to masks to protect public health and slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community.”

All cloth masks thus far being distributed to the public, almost 2,000 in total, have been donated to the town through Facemask Warriors, Sports Endeavors and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The town also has received 4,000 masks from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center. Additional masks will be ordered to meet any additional need.

There is a bin located outside the Carrboro Police Department for anyone who would like to donate masks.

Chapel Hill is also offering up to four free masks per household to the public at two locations.

  • Fire Station 1, 403 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., every Wednesday and Saturday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fire Station 3, 1615 E. Franklin Street, every Wednesday and Saturday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

If you want to donate masks to the town, you can do it at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and at Fire Station 1 and Fire Station 3, every Wednesday and Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. There will be a labeled container at all the sites.           


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