New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is deploying a dozen vending machines at 10 subway stations allowing customers to buy personal protective equipment, according to a press release. The machines, part of a pilot program will offer reusable face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes.
Eight machines are being installed and stocked by Canteen, a division of the Compass Group, a food services company. These machines were built by Vengo, a manufacturer of retail vending machines. Four machines are branded as "Simply" and are being installed and stocked by vending machine manufacturer Swyft, formerly known as Zoom Systems.
The MTA is also distributing hand sanitizer at every station as well as 2 million single-use surgical masks to customers at station booths thanks to donations from the State of New York and City of New York.