More than 50,000 masks still available to Sacramento businesses

The City in May began distributing 800,000 masks provided by the California Department of Public Health to Sacramento businesses to help staff and patrons adhere to public health orders.

Now, months later, a majority of those masks have been handed out and City staff say there are about 50,000 left.

“We’ve been doing this now for two or three months and we’ve had really good participation,” said Daniel Bowers, the City’s Director of Emergency Management. “We’ve provided hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses in Sacramento with masks, which is something to be proud of.”

Bowers says that distribution of the masks has been consolidated to one City-owned community center as demand has reduced.

“We originally distributed the masks at three community centers — Belle Cooledge, Coloma and South Natomas community centers — but are now only distributing masks by appointment at Coloma Community Center,” Bowers explained.

Sacramento businesses can receive 10 free disposable masks per employee by calling Coloma Community Center (4623 T St.) at 916-808-6060.

Businesses will be asked to provide a business name, address, business operating tax certificate number, a point of contact and the number of masks received. Masks are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Originally, the City partnered with business chambers and property/business improvement districts to distribute the amount of masks.

The State and County of Sacramento require people to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and outdoors when they cannot maintain six feet from one another (with some exemptions).

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