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Metro Public Health Department Partners with Office of Emergency Management and Hands on Nashville volunteers to offer free cloth masks May 29 and 30

05/29/20

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Todd, Metro Public Health Department, 615/340-2153

 

Metro Public Health Department Partners with Office of Emergency Management and

Hands on Nashville volunteers

to offer free cloth masks May 29 and 30 at Four Metro Parks Community Centers

and at Ford Ice Center’s Bellevue Location

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 29, 2020 – The Metro Public Health Department (MPHD), Hands on Nashville volunteers and Metro’s Officer of Emergency Management staff will once again offer free cloth masks at locations throughout Davidson County. Drive-thru centers are set up at four Metro Parks community centers today and tomorrow (May 30).  Each person will receive two of the cloth masks. MPHD received 180,000 of the cloth masks more than a week ago from Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command.

  • Friday, May 29, 2020
    • 9am-1pm Hartman Park Community Center, Bellevue Regional Center, Madison Community Center and Smith Springs Community Center
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
    • 9am-1pm Hartman Park Community Center, Bellevue Regional Center, Madison Community Center and Smith Springs Community Center

An additional drive-thru location has been set up at the Ford Ice Center’s Bellevue location, at the same days and times as the Metro Parks community centers.

Hands on Nashville volunteers, Metro Public Health Department staff and Office of Emergency Management staff handed out more than 40,000 cloth masks May 22 and 23 at the four Park centers.

The drive-thru centers will be open again June 5 and 6.  MPHD is planning to continue to provide the free cloth masks while supplies are available. Masks will NOT be available at Health Department locations.

The availability of masks follows emergency public health orders asking all people who can safely wear a facial covering to do so in public settings. Businesses and facilities open to the public are also required to post signage requesting those entering the facility to wear a mask, and employees who interact with customers or cannot adhere to social distancing guidelines while working are also required to wear masks or facial coverings.

Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the use of cloth masks can limit the spread of the virus, particularly by those who are infected but do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Cloth masks should not be worn by children under the age of two or by those who would jeopardize their health or safety by wearing one.

In addition to the wearing of masks, the public is urged to follow the following guidance from the CDC to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC. Do not gather in groups larger than 25.
  • Stay at home, unless leaving your home is absolutely necessary because you have medical needs or are an essential worker.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay away from others in your home if you are sick.