InMaricopa staffer Jaime Harrison hands out face masks. There will be another free distribution from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the InMaricopa parking lot at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road.

Even as Gov. Doug Ducey extended his stay-at-home order through May 15, he began to relax some of the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This week, more retail stores statewide are reopening for business, including in-store shopping, as well as appointment-based services, including medical and dental offices. The continuation of proper social distancing and stepped-up hygiene is part of that process.

As more people venture out, InMaricopa wants to help you and your family stay safe, so we are planning another free distribution of surgical-style masks from 8 to 10 a.m. today, during a drive-thru in the parking lot of our offices at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road. Please enter the lot from the westernmost driveway, stay in your vehicle and proceed slowly to the canopy where an staffer will distribute masks to you.

Arizona is not requiring residents to wear masks when they go out in public during the health crisis. But federal health officials say they are a highly effective way to slow the spread of the virus and recommends people wear them when out in public.

As a result, InMaricopa has had three recent distributions, handing out hundreds of masks to people who needed them. (See video below from one of our distributions.)

We encourage all residents who do not have face mask protection to stop by this morning.

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