April 21, 2020

Newark Ensures Safety of Residents with Free Masks and Gloves

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A bright white tent shined in front of Weequahic High School on Chancellor Avenue as a beacon of hope on the cold, gloomy Saturday.

Residents presented their license and walked from under the tent, or drove off, equipped with mask and gloves for their household. In his daily update Mayor Baraka announced that the City would be distributing masks and gloves in all five wards to residents so they are able to follow the mandate announced days prior.

"Nobody has an excuse that they can't get masks," Mayor Baraka told "We're going to get them out so they can have them. We are mandating that people have masks on, a covering, really, on their face, so we want to give people the opportunity to get masks if they don't have one."

Mayor Baraka stood with his staff to hand out special #NewarkStrong masks to help boost morale and remind residents that we will make it through this storm.

“Thank you so much. I needed this,” one resident said upon receiving his gloves and masks.

In yesterday’s update Mayor Baraka mentioned that the “Grab-and-Go Mask Operation” would continue today in the same five locations as before:

West Ward

Speedway Academies

(701 S Orange Ave side)


Kevin Waters

(973) 902-8890

Central Ward

271 South Orange Ave


Al-Tariq Onque

(201) 463-6372

South Ward

Weequahic High School

Chancellor Ave


Natasha Allen

(973) 862-0125

East Ward

East Side High School

238 Van Buren St


Angela Williams

(973) 862-0261

North Ward

Vince Lombardi Center of Hope

201 Bloomfield Ave


Carlos Cruz

(973) 725-0295

- Newark News