Mayor announces #MaskUpColumbiaSC initiative among efforts to slow spread of COVID-19

Mayor announces #MaskUpColumbiaSC initiative among efforts to slow spread of COVID-19
The campaign encourages everyone to wear face coverings in public. (Source: WILX)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Mayor Steve Benjamin announced a new initiative Friday focused on slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Columbia.

The mayor says #MaskUpColumbiaSC is a campaign to encourage everyone to wear face coverings in public. There’s also a contest.

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Benjamin asks the public to share their best face masks on the maskupcolumbiasc.com website, or on social media while using the hashtag #MaskUpColumbiaSC.

The idea is to give “citizens of all ages the chance to express their individual imaginations and inspirations by wearing fun and expressive face masks, and then sharing with everyone,” officials say.

People who share their mask designs will be entered into a contest, as well. Winning designs will be posted on social media and the maskupcolumbiasc.com website.

Here are the rules for the contest:

Image Submission:

Submit images to the maskupcolumbiasc.com website, or post to your own social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and include #MaskUpColumbiaSC hashtag that include you, family members, or pets wearing a mask that expresses your own creativity. The photos MUST include images of a mask being worn. The photo entries will be featured as previews prior to virtual City Council meetings and shared on social media accounts. To enter the contest, social media users MUST use #MaskupColumbiaSC to identify a contest entry.

Video Submission:

Submit videos that include tutorials of how you style, create and design your mask. Participants can also submit dance routines or tik-tok skits. The video CANNOT exceed 60 seconds and a mask MUST be worn. The video entries will be featured as previews prior to virtual City Council meetings and shared on social media accounts. To enter the contest, social media users MUST use #MaskUpColumbiaSC to identify a contest entry.


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