As Niagara County starts Phase 1 of NY Forward and some business begin to reopen, Legislator Will Collins today 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. Phase 1 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 1 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.”
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. in Lockport. The drive-thru will be open from 10am-4pm on Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd. The masks were acquired through the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
“These masks are also available to businesses that cannot yet open, but should already be putting their safety plans together,” said Collins. “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/. Please submit completed forms to NCEM@niagaracounty.com. Supplies are limited.