Niagara County provides face masks for essential businesses at no cost

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Apr 23, 2020
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As essential businesses across Niagara County seek to comply with Executive Orders requiring face coverings for employees, Legislators David Godfrey and Jesse Gooch announced that the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services has obtained a supply of cloth face coverings made available to essential businesses at no cost.

The masks were acquired through the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Godfrey said any business deemed essential should qualify, including, but not limited to:

  • Grocery stores, including food and beverage stores
  • Convenience stores/Pharmacy
  • Gas stations
  • Post offices
  • Child care programs and services
  • Government owned buildings
  • Laundry & Fabric cleaning services
  • Food banks
  • Auto repair
  • Financial Institutions

Gooch said interested essential business owners should email Niagara County Emergency Services at karen.thompson@niagaracounty.com. He said supplies are limited.

“We need essential businesses to be functioning and to do that we need to be sure their employees have protection from COVID-19,” said Godfrey, Chairman of the Community Safety and Security Committee.

“As a small business owner, I appreciate what many are going through trying to keep their operations running and more importantly, keeping their employees safe,” said Gooch, Chairman of the Community Services Committee.