free masks

State-run COVID-19 testing sites are giving out free masks. Anyone who goes to a state-run mobile testing site to be screened for the highly transmittable coronavirus will receive a free surgical mask. As the second wave of the coronavirus hits and our cities, states, and nations begin to readjust, there are many new precautions and policies that will be put in place that were absent the first time around.

On Wednesday, June 24th, Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), along with the Texas Military Department, will begin distributing 3-ply masks to every Texan who is tested at one of the mobile testing centers. These free masks will be distributed to encourage Texans to wear them while also helping to flatten the pandemic curve that the coronavirus has already created.

This new protocol to hopefully encourage Texans to wear masks regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 will begin on Thursday, June 25th, and will be a statewide policy. Each person who is tested for COVID-19 will be given four 3-ply masks to take home.

Governor Abbott says that, “Wearing a mask or facial covering in public is an effective way for Texans to protect themselves and others from the transmission of COVID-19. This program helps ensure that Texans have the resources they need to effectively mitigate the spread of this virus and keep themselves and their communities safe. I continue to urge all Texans to do their part by taking necessary precautions that will reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout our state.”

As the state of Texas begins to crack down and create policies and laws that enforce mask-wearing in the state, hopefully, Texans that are being tested will appreciate the four 3-ply free masks that they are being sent home with after their testings. The move comes as Governor Abbott pauses re-opening of the state.