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May 21, 2020

City starts website for face coverings

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle has launched Seattle Protects, a new online marketplace to connect local manufacturers with organizations, businesses, nonprofits, community groups and individuals in need of cloth face coverings.

It is designed to encourage local organizations to purchase face coverings from local businesses and midsize manufacturers that have pivoted to creating them and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

A new directive by Public Health — Seattle & King County went into effect on Monday that calls for wearing cloth face coverings in all indoor public and outdoor settings where physical distancing could be difficult.

Those interested in joining Seattle Protects can apply at https://tinyurl.com/yd43kcmm.

Seattle Protects vendors have committed to sell face coverings at a bulk price of $5 to $7 each, according to the release. People can also find manufacturers selling individual face coverings at market price.

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