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Local video contest has a theme: Don’t leave home without your mask

St. Petersburg area organizations invite you to enter a video contest to remind everyone to grab a mask before leaving home.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman sports a mask with the flag of the City of St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman sports a mask with the flag of the City of St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 19, 2020
Updated Jun. 19, 2020

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Florida. To help reduce the spread, the City of St. Petersburg and St. Pete Chamber of Commerce joined with other organizations to devise “How Do You Remember Your Mask,” a contest asking participants to create a video reminding everyone to grab a mask before they leave home.

“(St. Petersburg’s) new requirement to wear masks means that people who previously weren’t in the habit of wearing a mask may benefit from the tips,” said Joe Hamilton, co-founder of the St. Petersburg Group. “The public service announcements are to help them get in the habit of remembering and wearing a mask.”

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday that businesses must require their employees to wear masks.

The challenge is to shoot a 30-second video of what you do to remember your mask. The funnier, the better.

“Do you keep it on the front door handle, on top of the TV or inside the refrigerator? Does the dog watch over it?” said Bill DeYoung, senior writer and editor of St. Pete Catalyst.

All videos must be family-friendly. They can be less than 30 seconds, but not more. Children are invited to submit an entry as long as they have parental permission.

Videos should be on Vimeo, Instagram or YouTube and uploaded to stpetecatalyst.com/maskpsa. Deadline for submission is July 15.

What’s the prize? The winning video will be broadcast on select Spectrum channels, YouTube, StPeteCatalyst.com and on partner websites.

“The main prize is decreasing the impact of COVID-19 on our community,” Hamilton said.