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With Ontario County on the verge of a partial re-opening in conjunction with the May 15 reopening for certain low risk industries, including construction, manufacturing, agriculture and select retail with curbside or pick up service, Ontario County reminds residents of the importance of proper face coverings or masking practices.
All residents are expected to use face covers or masks over their nose and mouth when they are unable to maintain a safe social distance space of six feet from others.“Proper use of a face mask or covering is one of the simplest actions our residents can take to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, which in turn will help residents to stay safe and healthy and ultimately will contribute to our ability to keep the County open for business,” County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren said.
According to Marren, Ontario County received 39,000 washable / reusable face coverings from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). In accordance with DHSES, the coverings were distributed by the Ontario County Emergency Management Office to “high foot traffic areas” in the county including to grocery and convenient stores, public transportation providers, gas stations, post offices, and food cupboards.
Ontario County Office of County Administrator Municipal Building 20 Ontario Street Canandaigua, New York 14424 (585) 396-4400 Brian H. Young Interim County Administrator Cynthia R. Abraszek Confidential Secretary to the Interim County Administrator
Marren explained that based on population, Ontario County does not qualify for the type of Federal Disaster Relief Funds that Monroe County recently used to purchase and distribute masks to its residents.Marren said a second delivery of 20,000 face coverings from DHSES were received this week and will be distributed in a similar fashion.
“More important than where they came from, is that the face coverings are properly used,” Marren said. “We are telling all of our residents ‘don’t leave home without one’.”
Anyone unable to locate face covers in their community should contact the Ontario County Emergency Management Office during normal business hours at 585-396-4310.