Thousands line up for free masks at sites throughout Monroe County


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Thousands of residents lined up in their cars to get free masks from Monroe County at different locations throughout the region on Wednesday.

It’s all part of the county’s effort to distribute 1 million masks to residents during the pandemic. The masks are free for residents, and paid for with funds from the federal CARES Act funding. In a tweet, Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley said they would finish Wednesday having handed out at least 300,000 masks to over 12,000 cars.

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Rochester City Mayor Lovely Warren said city residents will be receiving a package of five masks her household in the mail starting this week.

Officials say nearly 96,000 homes will receive five masks each for a total distribution of 480,000 masks. Officials add an additional 20,000 masks will be reserved to support public health efforts, as well as reopening activities and will be provided to businesses, churches and apartments as needed.

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Rochester outlining the requirements for the region to begin reopening. Speaking from the Wegmans Conference Center in Chili, the governor said he would support local governments who wanted to enforce penalties for people who aren’t wearing masks in public.

“Rochester can have one penalty, I think New York City is in a different situation, but I think local governments should enforce it,” Gov. Cuomo said. “I think there should be a penalty. You could literally kill someone. You could literally kill someone, because you didn’t want to wear a mask. How cruel and irresponsible would that be.”

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