UNION COUNTY, NJ – One-hundred thousand face masks will be distributed to Union County’s 21 municipalities as part of “Mask Up UC,” a countywide public safety campaign to encourage all county residents to wear face masks and safeguard themselves and others from potential exposure to COVID-19, Union County Freeholders announced.

The details are currently being worked as to how and when the County will be distributing the masks to the municipalities.  According to Township of Union Business Administrator Don Travisano, a drive-up mask handout program in Union is being planned and will be announced in the coming days.

 “The 'Mask Up UC' initiative will help fill a critical need of facial mask that enables county residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By supporting our county in this endeavor, we hope to continue to make progress toward safely restoring economic activity and civic life,” said Freeholder and Public Safety Committee Chair Angela R. Garretson.

“Fighting the COVID-19 crisis is an all-hands-on-deck effort. By purchasing and distributing these masks free of charge we hope to ensure that everyone in Union County has access to a mask and can help protect our community,” said County Manager Edward T. Oatman.