BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–The New York State Restaurant Association and Liquor Authority joined forces to distribute 900,000 facemasks to frontline restaurant and delivery workers.
Officials say the masks are part of a shipment from FEMA and HHS to the state as part of an approach to reopen economic activity while continuing to limit the spread of the virus.
Requested facemasks will be distributed over the coming days and weeks and will continue until supplies last, according to the NYSRA.
A distribution event is happening at the Buffalo Bisons’ Sahlen Field today from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Masks are available through Restaurant Depot, Baldor, Sysco, and other businesses working with the NYSRA across the state.
“We’re pleased to partner with the State Liquor Authority to make sure our members, restaurant employees, and delivery workers around the state have access to facemasks,” said Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association. “While we don’t yet know what restaurants will look like when the economy begins to reopen, we’re committed to sanitary practices that would keep our employees and customers safe.”