Distribution of masks begins with North End residents this weekend, May 30 and 31 at NBHS
Through MaskNB initiative, City of New Bedford
offers a free mask to any resident who wants one
New Bedford, Massachusetts– MaskNB, an initiative announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachuestts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, will begin mask distribution this weekend, May 30 and 31 at New Bedford High School’s parking lot.
The distribution of cloth masks at no cost to City residents begins with North End residents this weekend, as the distribution is organized by Ward. The distribution will be done through an organized drive-through system for cars, observing social distancing. Residents are asked to limit their mask requests to those in their household and/or any elderly or vulnerable neighbors (who have been advised against leaving their homes).
- On Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., residents of Ward 1 may pick up masks at New Bedford High School’s parking lot, 230 Hathaway Boulevard. Ward 1 contains most of the far North End, roughly the area of the city located north of Tarkiln Hill Road.
- On Sunday, May 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., residents of Ward 2 may pick up masks at New Bedford High School’s parking lot, 230 Hathaway Boulevard. Ward 2 contains most of the near North End, roughly the area of the city located north of Coggeshall Street and south of Tarkiln Hill Road.
Residents of Ward 3 and Ward 4 may pick up masks the weekend of June 6 and 7.
Residents of Ward 5 and Ward 6 may pick up masks the weekend of June 13 and 14.
Any resident who is unsure of the Ward in which they live may visit wheredoivotema.com and enter their address. This website provides polling location, and the first information noted is the Ward in which the resident lives. Residents do not need to be registered voters to use this online tool.
Under the MaskNB distribution plan, interested residents in each of the City’s six Wards will have an opportunity to obtain free cloth face masks at New Bedford High School, 230 Hathaway Boulevard, on the following assigned dates and times:
- Ward 1 Saturday, May 30 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Ward 2 Sunday, May 31 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Ward 3 Saturday, June 6 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Ward 4 Sunday, June 7 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Ward 5 Saturday, June 13 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Ward 6 Sunday, June 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The dates are listed at www.masknb.com. Additional dates may be announced based on available supplies.
Residents should arrive at the main vehicle entrance of New Bedford High School, located at 230 Hathaway Boulevard, and remain in their vehicles as Red Cross volunteers hand out masks based on their requests. Residents are asked to limit their mask requests to those in their household and/or any elderly or vulnerable neighbors (who have been advised against leaving their homes).
Mayor Jon Mitchell announced the MaskNB initiative on May 14. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the wearing of cloth face coverings in public where social distancing is difficult to maintain; cloth face coverings are not a substitute for medical-grade masks, but provide more protection against the spread of viruses than not covering one’s face. More information about the use and effectiveness of cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.