Beginning Wednesday, July 29, 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. On Pensacola Beach you can ask a Lifeguard or go to Lifeguard Tower 4 to get the supplies.
"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."
The campaign includes messaging to avoid the "Three C's":
Closed spaces - with poor ventilation
Crowded places - with many people nearby
Close-contact settings - such as close- range conversations
The risk of COVID-19 clusters is particularly high when the "Three C's overlap."
In addition to the "Three C's":
It is recommended to wear your mask to protect yourself and those around you.
Clean items used by multiple people with disinfectant.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms.
As a reminder, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.