Where are Masks?
Last updated 7/22/2020 at 10:35am
As the pandemic rages on, area governments such as Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lake Wales, for example, are either issuing mandates or strongly urging citizens to wear masks. Several weeks ago Bartow commissioners passed a resolution asking its citizens and people doing business in the community to don masks.
By now, those who are complying have acquired masks (and now, a growing number of people are or have purchased face shields). From anecdotal observations, a good majority of people are wearing cloth masks. In fact, a cottage industry has grown around these masks.
But there are those who don't have masks, or those who up until now, have refused to wear masks. Now, though, many businesses are mandating that masks be worn, not just to enter, but while shopping. Walmart, Sam's Club, Publix, Walgreens and small businesses that dot downtowns as well as shopping plazas now require masks.
But for those who don't have masks, where can one obtain free masks is a question being posed in some circles. In Bartow, if you need to go to the Board of County Commissioner building, you can obtain a mask there, according to Mianne Nelson, the head of public information. According to its Facebook page, if you need to apply for assistance, or wish to shop in the thrift store of the Bartow Church Service Center, they will give you a mask.
At this time, if one wishes to attend a city commission meeting, there are masks available, but admittance to City Hall is being regulated. It is not known as of this writing whether individual businesses are distributing masks. However, masks are available for purchase in a number of retail establishments.