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Photos: Cars line up over three miles to receive free face masks at Arlington distribution

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Stretching more than three miles, thousands of cars lined up during a mask distribution July 16 at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center.

The event started at 9 a.m., with approximately 100,000 masks to be handed out. Deputy City Manager Jim Parajon said within two hours the city had nearly exhausted its supply provided by Tarrant County.

Prior to this distribution, Arlington had already distributed approximately 200,000 masks as part of the city’s Roadmap to Reopen and Recover.

Parajon said Tarrant County had agreed to send an additional 100,000 masks in order to meet demand Thursday. However after handing out 275,000 masks, the city ran out of boxes and had to end the event early.

Photos: Cars line up for over three miles at Arlington face mask distribution

Boxes of masks sit ready to be handed out during a mask distribution July 16 at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center. Tarrant County provided thousands of masks to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photos: Cars line up for over three miles at Arlington face mask distribution

Deputy City Manager Jim Parajon hands out boxes of masks during a distribution July 16 at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center. Parajon said in two hours the city had nearly run out of the 100,000 masks it started with.

Photos: Cars line up for over three miles at Arlington face mask distribution

Vehicles line up over three miles during a mask distribution July 16 at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center. Because of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, both Tarrant County and the state have issued orders requiring the use of face coverings at businesses or in public where social distancing is not possible.

Photos: Cars line up for over three miles at Arlington face mask distribution

Librarian Lisa Smant hands Arlington resident Jose Olivares a box of masks during a distribution July 16 at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center. Before this distribution, Arlington had already distributed approximately 200,000 protective masks as part of the city’s Roadmap to Reopen and Recover.

Photos: Cars line up for over three miles at Arlington face mask distribution

Vehicles line up during a mask distribution July 16 at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center. According to the city of Arlington, the mask distribution is part of the city's ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and help the economy recover.

Photos: Cars line up for over three miles at Arlington face mask distribution

Volunteers work to distribute free masks July 16 at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center. Each car received one box of 50 masks, and the city handed out 275,000 masks before running out of boxes.

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