NEED MASKS? Here’s where to get them free

Just announced by the King County Executive’s Office:

Customers at King County locations of Safeway will be able to take home free face masks with their groceries starting today with a new partnership between King County, Safeway, and UFCW Local 21. …

King County purchased more than 25 million face masks for county residents, and to date has distributed more than 14 million reusable and disposable masks through direct distribution and partnerships with local chambers of commerce and other community organizations. …

Starting today, customers at any of the 59 Safeway locations in King County can obtain two free reusable masks per person in their household, for up to 12 masks total, while at the checkstand. Disposable masks will also be available for customers who may have forgotten or misplaced their masks at all stores. All told Safeway will help distribute 750,000 face masks provided by King County.

Safeway stores in our area are at 28th/Roxbury, 42nd/Edmunds (Jefferson Square), and 2622 California SW.

P.S. In case you wondered too – we checked: No purchase required.

5 Replies to "NEED MASKS? Here's where to get them free"

  • Concernedfellow August 24, 2020 (8:55 pm)

    But yet the employees are forced to wear the disposable ones that are uncomfortable and don’t do anything different than a cloth one. I wonder why the king county would do that, treating employees different than the customers? If the employees aren’t ‘safe’ and have to wear a disposable one then shouldn’t the customers be required to the same?

    • WSB August 24, 2020 (9:46 pm)

      I don’t think the county is responsible for what the employees are wearing – county health rules don’t stipulate specific types of face coverings. Would seem to be a question for Safeway management.

    • Chemist August 24, 2020 (9:58 pm)

      I’ve only seen the employees at Roxbury Safeway wearing cloth ones.  I didn’t see any signage or anything related to this at the checkstand or at the entrance today, but I also didn’t ask for a mask. There was a single round display tower after the checkstands that had packs of white cloth masks that appeared to have a $5 price tag though.

  • PixieB August 25, 2020 (7:58 am)

    Big companies, such as Safeway and other food related business are often requiring disposable masks for a reason. A relative of mine works for a major Restaurant chain.  I made her 7 cloth masks to wear.  A few weeks into the  restart of her position, the Restaurant Home Office made the decision that all employees needed to wear disposable masks  provided by the company.  The reason:  not all their employees in all the restaurants were washing/changing their cloth masks daily.  

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