The city of Troy has launched a campaign to encourage the wearing of facemasks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the reopening of the Capital Region.
The citywide effort features Troy business owners, local officials, neighborhood leaders, and Troy families wearing masks and delivering messages to encourage neighbors, family, and friends to follow health protocols for face coverings and social distancing.
Mayor Patrick Madden says the simple act of wearing a mask can save lives.
"By following protocols issued by public health experts, we can help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and ensure a safe, responsible reopening for small businesses, industries, and local governments. It’s our collective responsibility to wear a mask when in public; let’s work together to protect community health, support our medical workers, and keep our local businesses open.”
More than two dozen Rensselaer County residents have died of COVID-19.
Troy residents are encouraged to share a photo of themselves wearing a face mask on social media. Photos can be posted using #WearAMaskNY #TroyNY hashtags and tagging @TroyCityHall on Twitter and Instagram. Photos can also be emailed to email@example.com with a brief, single sentence explaining why they wear a mask (ex. “I wear a mask because we are all in this together”; “I wear a mask in support of all small businesses”; “I wear a mask to support our community.”) for inclusion in the campaign. Submissions should also identify their neighborhood, organization, or business of the individual submitting their photo for inclusion. Earlier this month, Mayor Madden released a PSA video message reminding Troy residents to wear a face mask when in public to protect public health, help medical workers, and ensure a safe, responsible reopening of the local economy. The video is available on the City’s officialYouTube and Facebook pages.