Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is encouraging his city’s residents to wear a mask and is asking residents to talk to each other about the benefits of wearing a mask.
He’s doing it through a contest where residents are encouraged to create a public service announcement promoting mask wearing. The winning ad will then be submitted to Springfield television stations for consideration to be aired as a PSA.
“Each one of us keeps the other safe — every person has a responsibility here, social responsibility. And that’s what wearing a mask is all about,” McClure said in a statement. “The right thing to do is to wear a mask because it’s not about you, it’s about my health and the health of our essential workers. You wear a mask to protect me, I wear a mask to protect you.”
The videos must be 30 seconds or less and include someone wearing a mask over their mouth and nose. The submission deadline is July 15.
Five finalists will be chosen by staff of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the City of Springfield’s Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement. Citizens will then vote on the winner.
To submit a video, post it on social media with the hashtag #maskup417 and tag the City’s social media.