The office of Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen will distribute free masks and gloves to community members at seven locations during the next two weeks, including on Saturday at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in the Heights.
Rosen announced the initiative Wednesday evening, a few hours after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said she was issuing an order requiring all county residents age 10 and older to wear face coverings in public for a 30-day period starting Monday. Rosen said in a news release that he is working to ensure that those who cannot purchase masks still have access to them.
“No one should go without in the middle of a pandemic,” Rosen said. “Our Community Outreach team is working diligently day and night to find these resources and get them into the hands of those who need them most. We’ve been doing so for the past two weeks.”
Masks and gloves will be distributed to the first 100 vehicles that arrive at each distribution site, which will operate between noon-2 p.m. on their respective days. People who walk to the sites will not be served.
The distribution event at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, located at 902 W. 8th. St., is scheduled for Saturday. Today’s distribution events are at Canaan Baptist Church at 5117 Lockwood Dr. and at True Light Missionary Baptist Church at 7102 N. Main St.
Rosen’s office also will give away masks and gloves on Sunday at Cliffdale Baptist Church, 854 Enterprise St.; on Tuesday at New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 9126 Jensen Dr.; next Thursday, April 30 at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 7104 Homestead Rd.; and on Saturday, May 2 at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 908 E. 32nd 1/2 St.
Hidalgo said residents can use makeshift masks to cover their mouths and noses in public, including those made from T-shirts and bandanas. She does not recommend using surgical masks, which should be reserved for healthcare professionals and first responders.
There are exceptions to the mask-wearing order, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 for those who do not comply. Citizens will not be required to wear them under the following circumstances:
- When eating or drinking;
- When exercising or doing physical activities outdoors;
- When alone in a single space, indoors or outdoors;
- When at home with other family members who live there; or,
- When wearing a face covering poses a mental, physical, safety or security risk (i.e. someone who has trouble breathing).
For more information about Rosen’s distribution events, call Erica Davis at 832-286-3876.