With Governor Cuomo’s new executive order on wearing face masks or covering in public and the Centers for Disease Control guidance earlier this month, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is helping spread the word with the #TakeCareChallenge. Mayor Walsh took to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to urge Syracusans to follow the requests.

Sporting a cloth face mask made by CNY Uniforms Plus featuring the Syracuse skyline, he asked people to share a selfie in social media showing off their own “face mask style” and then nominate three friends to do the same thing using the hashtag, #TakeCareChallenge.

“Face masks are the ‘now normal.’ Let’s see who is leading by example,” the Mayor posted. His nominees were Stephanie Crockett, executive vice president of Mower; Pastor Daren Jaime of People’s AME Zion Church; and Maria Maldonado-Lewis, host of “I Know I Can Radio” and constituent services advocate for the City of Syracuse.

“Challenge three more friends and help spread face masks — not COVID-19,” Walsh’s posts concluded.

The CDC also offers advice on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.


  1. Dear Mayor, how can the regular citizens get ahold of hand sanitizer? That’s been sold out for a month or more! Is anyone donating to senior citizens like myself? I’m running low.

      1. I saw some Beak & Skiff hand sanitizer at Wegmans on Onondaga St. yesterday.

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