TUCSON, Ariz. — Officials are handing out free masks on Tumamoc Hill during peak hours during September.
The Pima County Health Department and the University of Arizona-supported program is meant to increase mask use at the popular hiking destination.
About 60 percent of Tumamoc Hill hikers have been wearing masks in the mornings, but as few as 30 percent have been wearing them in the evenings.
“We know some people may not realize face masks are required on Tumamoc Hill right now,” said Emily Bressler, Program Specialist with the Health Department, in a statement. “Our goal is to inform people how effective wearing a mask is in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and to help hikers wear masks to make sure Tumamoc can remain open.”
The masks will be available between 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Saturdays through September.