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Now there's a face mask vending machine in midtown

RapidMask2Go has been placing them around the city.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

Another vending machine selling face masks has popped up at Columbus Circle's Turnstyle Underground Market.

In April, online retailer RapidMask2Go installed a face mask vending machine at 156 Delancey Street, selling KN95 masks and added more at that location and another at 3015 Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island in May.

The masks aree $3 a pop with the option of buying bundles of three, five, and 10.

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The online shop will install more vending machines throughout the city and open up a brick-and-mortar store at the same location when the city opens back up.

Mask vending machines RapidMask2Go
Photograph: Courtesy RapidMask2Go

New Yorkers are required to wear face masks in public if social distancing isn't possible. If they don't they could face an NYPD summons. 

In May, New York City began handing out free face coverings at parks, grocery stores, public housing and grab-and-go meal sites.

But a lot of other countries have been using vending machines, including Germany, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic, so it was only a matter of time until some showed up here, no matter how strange the concept is.

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