Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC recommended that, aside from the Stay Home orders in place in many places (including Maryland), people who must go out for essential services should wear a face covering or mask. The CDC guidance on face masks can be found here.
In Annapolis, two local business owners, Michael and Patricia Smith, who own and operate South Moon Under, decided to convert production at their Salisbury facility to manufacture cloth face coverings. Their company has dozens of East Coast, Gulf Coast and mid-Atlantic store locations where they normally sell apparel and accessories for men and women. Back on March 18, they closed all locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On their first manufacturing run, they donated masks to Maryland hospitals. They are now selling the masks and with the proceeds expanding the giveaway program.
When Mayor Buckley learned of their new line of accessories, he got one of the masks and decided to take a selfie with an iconic backdrop of his *very quiet* City. Because the manufacturing is happening in Salisbury, he reached out to Mayor Jake Day to take a similar selfie.
The two are hoping #MayorsWithMasks can get trending so that people understand and appreciate the importance of wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.