Friday, January 14, 2022

City of Austin to host drive-thru mask distributions for local small businesses


  Masks will be available for pick up at no-cost to businesses at two city facilities on Jan. 19 

AUSTIN, Texas – The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department (EDD) is distributing 96,000 masks to local small businesses at no-cost on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Business owners and their staff can drive through one of two city facilities beginning at 1 p.m. to pick up masks for employees and customers. 

“Austin’s local small businesses play a large role in stopping the spread of COVID-19, which is why we are empowering our local businesses with these resources so they can continue prioritizing the well-being of employees and customers,” said Veronica Briseño, Chief Economic Recovery Officer. “These resources help keep businesses open and customers safe.”   

The drive-thru distributions are intended to support local small businesses and organizations. Austin Public Health hosts a series of free Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) distribution events. Those in need of masks can visit Personal Protective Equipment | to find information on the next event. 

Drive-Thru Mask Distribution Locations 

City of Austin African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility  

  • Address: 912 East 11th St. Austin, TX 78702 

  • Directions: Mask distribution will occur at the rear of building on Juniper Street. 

  • Time: 1 – 4 p.m. or until all masks are distributed 

City of Austin Economic Development Department Offices 

  • Address: 5202 East Ben White Blvd. Austin, TX 78741 

  • Directions: Mask distribution will occur on Memory Lane near Suite 550.  

  • Time: 1 – 4 p.m. or until all masks are distributed 

EDD staff will place boxes with masks in the trunk of each vehicle. To ensure a smooth drive-thru process, drivers should remain in their vehicles with their trunk open.  

The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department continues to support Austin workers, businesses, and non-profit organizations that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through financial assistance and programming. Virtual one-on-one classes and coaching resources are available for those looking to pivot due to the pandemic. Business guidance, recovery grants, and local policy updates are available online at

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