Niagara County has begun phase one of “New York Forward” with some businesses beginning to reopen. As such, Legislator Will Collins on Wednesday announced the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services is hosting a two-day drive-thru mask pickup station for those who need to acquire face coverings for their employees.
The cloth masks will be available for pick-up at the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services Public Safety Training Facility located at 5574 Niagara St., Ext., Lockport, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and Friday, May 21-22.
The masks were acquired through the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Phase one includes construction, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off) and wholesale trade.
Businesses slated to open in future phases are welcome to request masks, as well.
“We are happy that phase one is underway and want it to be a success, and part of that means making sure businesses take the proper precautions to protect their employees and clients” said Collins, who owns his own construction company. “Niagara County wants to do all we can to help facilitate this, which is why we are providing face coverings at no charge.”
He added, “These masks are also available to businesses that cannot yet open, but should already be putting their safety plans together. As a contractor, I have been working on my COVID-19 safety plan and the steps I need to take to reopen. No matter the phase of reopening your business falls into, it’s never too soon to begin planning – and that includes making sure you have the necessary supplies like masks.”
Collins said all interested business owners should complete the “Niagara County Business Cloth Mask Request Form” form available on the Niagara County Emergency Services webpage at www.niagaracounty.com/Fire/. Submit completed forms to [email protected].
Supplies are limited.