A Mask for Everyone Initiative

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Ramsey County’s COVID-19 Racial Equity and Community Engagement Response Team (RECERT) is launching a new initiative - A Mask for Everyone - to ensure that individuals and families, specifically racially, ethnically and culturally diverse communities, have access to:

  • A homemade mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Accurate and up-to-date information about the importance of wearing a mask.
  • Instructions on proper use and care of homemade masks.

Together, we want to help protect our residents and keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families: request masks for return to school

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends everyone wear masks indoors at K-12 schools. Acknowledging the importance of full-time in-person learning as well as keeping everyone safe, all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools should wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The following sizes are available as families prepare for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Toddler (0-3 years).
  • Child small (4-7 years).
  • Child medium (8-10 years).
  • Youth/adult small (11+ years).
  • Youth/adult medium (16+ years).
  • Youth/adult large (18+ years).

Submit a family and household mask request

Masks are available to Ramsey County residents only, and requests are limited to a maximum of eight masks per household. Masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Masks are also available to businesses and community groups serving county residents.

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Donate masks

Help keep our community safe by donating homemade cloth masks by mail or at a collection box.


Mail masks to:

Attn: RECERT Mask Donation
90 Plato Boulevard, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55107​

Collection boxes

A donation box is available at Ramsey County's Plato Building. The box is located outside and is available 24/7.

90 Plato Boulevard, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55107​

Mask use and care

Learn about proper use and care of masks, how to make masks and current mask policies in effect in Ramsey County.

Cloth face covering (masks) information

Masks distributed

More than 135,000 masks have already been distributed through the A Mask for Everyone program including:

  • Nearly 16,000 masks to individuals, families and households.
  • 60,000 masks to community organizations.
  • 60,000 masks to businesses.

Production contracts

Contracts were awarded to 29 individuals and organizations to make masks for the launch of this initiative in summer 2020:

  • Marsha Allen.
  • Rady Yang.
  • Grace Restoration International.
  • Mary Barton.
  • Nigerian Nurses.
  • Maly Vu.
  • Kerry Fuchs.
  • Brandi Rogalla.
  • Henrietta Bradley.
  • Nicole Bates.
  • Advancement of Hmong Americans.
  • Ka Thao.
  • Kao Vue.
  • BlackHouse Custom.
  • Cecile Zerna.
  • J Michael Industries DBA Extended Exposure.
  • Sew We Work.
  • Susan Myles.
  • Myrtice Orr.
  • Peace Global Mask.
  • Mai Yang.
  • JoAnn Gordon Anderson.
  • Rock from the Heart.
  • The Ark of Covenant Ministry.
  • Kathryn Rogers.
  • Mariah Smith.
  • Vivian Williams.
  • Joy 4 Design.
  • Neng Vue.

Contracts were up to $1,000 per contract.

To ask about future opportunities, receive a copy of the request for informal quote and to learn more, contact:

Karen Bollinger, Procurement Specialist

View contractor questions and answers (PDF)

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