Free face masks distributed at Bayonne’s 16th Street park

The event was sponsored by the Chabad of Bayonne

A man distributing supplies in a park, by Shutterstock.
A man distributing supplies in a park, by Shutterstock.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the local community continues to support one another.

Free face masks and other medical supplies were distributed to Bayonne residents. The supply distribution was courtesy of the Chabad of Bayonne, in conjunction with the Chabad of Hoboken and Jersey City.

Each household received a box of 50 masks, 100 gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant spray. Rabbi Yisrael Bennish announced that more than 60,000 face masks and 120,000 gloves were available to the general public.

The distribution occurred on May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by drive-thru or curbside pickup. Bennish said Mayor James Davis was on the scene to assist with the distribution.

The event took place at 16th Street Park. However supplies only lasted until a little after noon.

“All PPE has been given out,” according to Bayonne Office of Emergency Management. “Please do not go to 16th Street Park looking for supplies.”

An anonymous donation

According to the Chabad of Hoboken, Jersey City and Bayonne, the distribution was sponsored by an anonymous donor.

“Thanks to a generous donor, we will be coordinating a distribution of face masks and other items that are much needed at this time to Bayonne residents,” Bennish told the Bayonne Community News.

“Now more than ever, the Chabad community is here for each of its members, as well as the rest of the city. All Bayonne residents are welcome to come to the distribution event, as the Chabad extends its love and help beyond its own community.”

“We will get through this,” he wrote on the Chabad of Bayonne’s webpage. “Physically apart, but together in every other way.”

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While the State of New Jersey and the City of Bayonne do not require residents to wear masks outdoors, residents may do so if they choose. However, masks are required indoors when shopping in any business.

Masks should also be worn outdoors when social distancing is not possible, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

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