Seattleites can exchange canned goods for a face mask thanks to one kind neighbor

May 13 2020, 11:21 am

If you live in Greenwood and happen to have a few canned goods or spare masks lying around, feel free to visit the neighborhood mask exchange.

Reddit user Jimmybelltown spotted a masked shrub beside a sign promoting a mask exchange on Tuesday.

The initiative is located around 81st NW and 1st NW and allows residents around the neighborhood to trade a canned good for a mask, or vice versa.

Seattle Mask Exchange

Jimmybelltown/Reddit

This comes just in time as Seattle and King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, along with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced on Tuesday a new health officer directive urging face coverings in all indoor public places beginning May 18.

Settings where masks are encouraged include grocery stores, restaurants and retail, indoor workplaces, buses, rideshares, and taxis. Face coverings need not be worn outside unless appropriate physical distancing cannot be practiced, such as at farmers’ markets.

Exceptions to the health directive include children, people with disabilities, deaf individuals who use facial movements as part of communication, and others. There is no penalty for not wearing a face covering.