Austin to give 96,000 free masks to small business owners

The city will give out tens of thousands of masks to help small business owners reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The city will give out tens of thousands of masks to help small business owners reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city will give out tens of thousands of masks to help small business owners reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city of Austin is set to pass out 96,000 free masks to business owners during two drive-thru events Jan. 19.

Business owners and their staff can drive through one of two city facilities starting at 1 p.m., according to a news release from the city of Austin’s Economic Development Department.


“Austin’s local small businesses play a large role in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Chief Economic Recovery Officer Veronica Briseño said. “These resources help keep businesses open and customers safe.”

Two city-owned buildings will host the drive-thrus: the city of Austin African-American Cultural and Heritage Facility at 912 E. 11th St. and the city of Austin Economic Development Department Offices at 5202 E. Ben White Blvd.

These drive-thru distributions are designed to support local small businesses and organizations, but Austin Public Health hosts other free Personal Protection Equipment distribution events for anyone to pick up.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.