The Mayor of the City of South Fulton has come up with a fun way to push a serious topic: wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Be aware and look around -- the Masked Mayor is in your neighborhood,” Mayor William “Bill” Edwards tells WSB Radio. Edwards says his superhero persona was created after a resident took a picture of him wearing a mask as he was serving food as part of a community service project, and declared him the ‘Masked Mayor.’
Mayor Edwards says he’s “trying to create some fun...it doesn’t have to be so hard core all the time.” He goes on to say, “I’ll take pictures hiding behind trees and stopping into places...and I’m always wearing my mask.”
Edwards says he’s worn a face covering from the beginning. And beginning Wednesday, September 16th, Edwards will begin randomly visiting stores, restaurants and other businesses in the City of South Fulton armed with door decals he hopes owners and managers will display on their front doors.
The “Masked Mayor” campaign targets small businesses in the City of South Fulton, asking them to place decals on their doors urging mask wearing.
He’ll also be handing out t-shirts and yard signs to residents wearing their masks. The decals and t-shirts read: “The Masked Mayor says ‘Mask Up. It’s The Right Thing To Do.’”
Bottom line, Edwards says coronavirus cases are just too high in his city. “We’re second to Atlanta,” Edwards explains, adding, “We’re going at a rate of 25 percent a week. That’s not where we want to be, but I think we can stem that tide.
“And one of the easiest ways to do that, the Masked Mayor says, is by masking up.”