Metro officials distribute face masks at stations across D.C.

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The mask rollout comes two months after the agency received its first load of 500,000 masks in July – a two-month delay officials attribute to the federal government's failure to individually wrap each face covering.

Local commuters can now receive free protective face masks when they board the Metro to avoid spreading the coronavirus on trains and buses.

Metro officials started distributing free individually wrapped face masks at Metro stations earlier this week, NBC Washington transportation reporter Adam Tuss tweeted Wednesday. Tuss tweeted that the masks are part of the agency’s supply of 1 million face coverings the federal government granted the agency this summer.

The mask rollout comes two months after the agency received its first load of 500,000 masks in July – a two-month delay officials attribute to the federal government’s failure to individually wrap each face covering, DCist reported last week. As Metro officials were left to individually wrap each face mask, the federal government shipped the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority an additional 500,000, doubling the agency’s total supply, according to the report.

City officials also announced plans in August to send hand sanitizer dispensers to 130 stations this fall, which have yet to be seen around the city, according to DCist.

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