Escambia County Now Offer Free Hand Sanitizer Along With Free Masks

July 29, 2020

Escambia County is now offering 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in addition to face masks as part of the public health campaign, “Mask Up, Escambia!”

The campaign, which began July 1, is focused on informing residents and visitors that masks are recommended by the CDC to protect others. In addition to a 2 ounce hand sanitizer bottle, the public may continue to pick up a free mask while supplies last.

The county offered 27,000 free masks to residents throughout the public health campaign and still has supply at the following locations:

  • West Florida Libraries Monday through Friday 2-6 p.m.:
    • Molino Branch Library
    • Century Branch Library
    • Tryon Branch Library
    • Pensacola Library
    • Genealogy Branch Library
    • Southwest Branch Library
    • Westside Branch Library
  • Escambia County Extension, 8 5 p.m., 3740 Stefani Road
  • Brownsville Community Center, 8 5 p.m., 3200 W. De Soto St.
  • Ebonwood Community Center, 8 5 p.m., 3511 W. Scott St.
  • Pensacola Beach, Tower 4 at Casino Beach or ask a lifeguard

“Escambia County is pleased to be able to offer free hand sanitizer in addition to a free mask for the public during this unprecedented time,” said Emergency Manager Eric Gilmore. “Unfortunately, it sounds like COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon we are urging the public to continue to focus on staying clean to stay healthy. The county has supplies, and we are doing everything in our power to encourage the public to ‘Mask Up’ and stay clean.”


6 Responses to “Escambia County Now Offer Free Hand Sanitizer Along With Free Masks”

  1. David Huie Green on August 3rd, 2020 9:12 am

    “why is it happening weeks before party primaries rather than back in March, or April, or May, or June, or most of July?”

    At least in March and April there was a shortage. Maybe after that the non-mask-related issue got shoved aside. There have definitely been folks wondering why they weren’t supposed to wash their hands anymore.

    It seems there are quite a few who don’t remember hygiene unless they are reminded daily..

    Nobody is forcing people to accept the offer.

  2. LRC on July 30th, 2020 8:33 am

    The masks that are being provided are high quality reusable washable cotton masks. I know this as the county provided masks for the students on Naval Air Station Pensacola, which were greatly appreciated. I am not certain how big the bottles of hand sanitizer are but I appreciate the effort.

  3. Andrew (Dist. 3) on July 29th, 2020 1:19 pm

    @EscambiaVoters Agreed, this looks and smells more like a campaign stunt than genuine outreach.

    If it were concerning to them to have these kinds of supplies in everyone’s hands, why is it happening weeks before party primaries rather than back in March, or April, or May, or June, or most of July? Oh yeah, Jeff Bergosh was more concerned about himself not getting to go to the beach than his constituents’ health because we hadn’t seen too many Covid cases yet (iie. out of sight, out of mind).

    Pandemic and viruses don’t care about politics; care for yourself and your community because government keeps falling all over itself to prove they don’t.

  4. No Excuses on July 29th, 2020 11:43 am

    While this is a wonderful endeavor, one bottle and one mask isn’t worth the time, effort or gas to go to the library and pick them up. Up it to six per person, and then you might get more participation.

  5. Escambia voters on July 29th, 2020 9:58 am

    One mask and a small bottle of hand sanitizer with escambia county name on it. Wow, almost sounds like a campaign strategy to get votes. Why not give out 12 masks, one mask is good for one or two uses. I guess people should spend more on gas to go get a free mask than it cost to buy one. Come on Commissioners !

  6. Jf on July 29th, 2020 9:31 am

    Way to go escambia!

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