Jacksonville mom using yard signs to get neighbors to ‘mask up’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

Suzanna Siebert created dozens of these red yard signs that say “Mask Jax, Unite to Stop the Spread, Keep our Businesses Open.”

The mother of two came up with the idea shortly before Duval County public schools imposed a 90-day mask mandate.

“I kept my kids home from school all last year and felt really good about the virus being under control until this summer,” Siebert said.

Since then, Siebert said the Delta variant has caused more concern since it’s more contagious than the previous one.

While she’s pleased with Duval school’s mask mandate, she’s hoping the city of Jacksonville will consider making masks mandatory once again to slow the spread of this virus.

“I kept my kids home from school all last year and felt really good about the virus being under control until this summer,” she said.

Since then, Siebert said the delta variant has caused more concern since it’s more contagious than the previous one.

While she’s pleased with Duval’s mask mandate, she’s hoping the city of Jacksonville will consider making masks mandatory once again to slow the spread of this virus.

“I just want to send a message to our mayor that we need to protect our community beyond what the school district has done,” Siebert said.

And she’s not making a profit from any of these yard signs, she’s only charging people to cover the cost.

She made 100 of these signs and so far, more than 60 people have asked to purchase one.

Joe Honeycutt put one in his yard on Wednesday.

“I’m committed to wearing a mask. I’m committed to the vaccine. I’m one of the Pfizer guinea pigs. I got my shot last year, so I’m really committed to this thing, and I know that masks work,” said Honeycutt.

Siebert said while the majority of the response to these signs has been positive, she has gotten some backlash.

“We still have people who are afraid because they think it’s a controversial thing and maybe not something that is neighborly to do but I feel like it is the most neighborly thing you can do to let people know that you care about them,” she said.

Action News Jax did reach out to the city of Jacksonville to see if it is considering putting in another mask mandate like in the past.

We are still waiting to hear back.

Previously Mayor Lenny Curry said he had no plans to impose another mask mandate.