Due to an extra supply of face masks used to protect against the spread of COVID-19, the Duluth Transit Authority is set to provide over 1,000 to customers and the public.

Beginning Thursday, masks will be available free of charge at the Transportation Center in downtown Duluth at the information booth during staffed hours.

"The DTA encourages everyone to wear masks or other face coverings while riding and in facilities to protect fellow passengers and drivers," a DTA news release said Wednesday.

“We saw the extra supply on hand and knew that this was a great opportunity to promote community health and safety,” spokesman David Clark added.

A mask is available to anyone who requests one while supplies last.

DTA buses remain free of charge during the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice. Passenger boarding is through the rear doors, and riders are still encouraged to limit travel to essential trips.