27,000 masks given out in Biloxi today

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This morning, the City of Biloxi gave out 27,000 face masks in four hours during their drive-thru mask giveaway.

Earlier this week, Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich announced the city’s new campaign ‘Mask up, Biloxi’ in efforts to get everyone to wear a mask while they are in public.

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To help keep the community safe, the city held a mask giveaway drive thru event at five different locations around the Coast.

This event was supposed to go from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. but thanks to a steady stream of citizens lining up to get their masks, they ran out of all 27,000 masks early and ended the giveaway in just four hours.

Many residents expressed their gratitude towards the city for making efforts to keep them safe. Participant Bradley Stringer said, “Well, it is very important for people to wear masks in these trying times. As everyone can see on the news and all over the media that the virus is getting worse and I have a feeling that has a lot to do with people not doing what they are supposed to with not wearing masks, not social distancing, having big get togethers. So, that’s why I believe it is getting worse.”

Large crowds are expected on the Coast this weekend so remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing.