Masks. Are you tired of hearing about them? Tired of talking about them? Tired of wearing them? Well, you're not alone, but this whole Covid thing isn't over yet - and the heat is on to comply with the Governor's call to 'Mask Up to Open Up'.

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Some people have a large stash on hand of a variety of masks. I know several people who have decided that as long as they have to wear them, they're going to embrace some creativity while donning the face coverings. Animal print, bizarre designs, some people even being sure to color-coordinate with their outfits! I respect that, but I'm a one-style mask kinda guy. Keeping it simple.

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Now, if you've run out of masks or if you simply haven't followed along until now and you're wondering where to get masks absolutely FREE, I heard of such an opportunity today.

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The folks from Yakima Valley Emergency Management reached out to us to let us know - to let you know - how and where to get them. "Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the Yakima Health District is working to ensure distribution of free masks (face coverings) prior to the 4th of July holiday weekend to any people within Yakima County."

The people who are always preparing for emergency in our valley tell me there will be two opportunities to pick up these face coverings at the following spots:

  • Wednesday, July 1st,in Zillah from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ○ At Steel Structures America, 804 Zillah W Dr, Zillah, WA 98953, right off Interstate 82.
  • Thursday, July 2nd, in Union Gap from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ○ At Valley Mall Parking, 2529 Main St, Union Gap, WA 98903, in the Sears parking lot on the corner of E. Valley Mall Blvd and 1st Street.

They have also worked in cooperation with the local Civil Air Patrol to help get the masks distributed.

Stay safe and sane and covid-free this holiday weekend!

Mask Up to Open Up!