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The Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce are cohosting a free drive-thru mask giveaway for businesses on Thursday, Jan. 6, at the county’s Public Safety Training Facility in Lockport. Masks and signage about state masking requirements are available for any Niagara County business, though supplies are limited.
“As we have stated, we are taking an ‘educate to cooperate’ approach for masking and, with that, we want to provide the necessary materials to help businesses comply,” said Becky Wydysh, chairwoman of the Niagara County Legislature. “Our previous drive-thru events have been hugely successful and we encourage businesses to take advantage of this opportunity.”
The drive thru will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Warren J. Rathke Public Safety Training Facility, 5574 Niagara St. Ext.
“We are happy to team up with Niagara County to get the word out to the business community about the availability of masks and signage,” Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kory Schuler said. “Our smaller businesses especially appreciate the assistance.”
Director of Emergency Services Jonathan Schultz said New York state has shipped thousands of KN95 masks for distribution by the county.
“We have been receiving phone calls and emails from businesses who remember our previous drive-thru events hoping we would be do something similar,” he said. “So, when the state informed us about this supply we were going to receive, we got together with the chamber to put this event together quickly. We are expecting a significant turnout.”