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Whether you decide to go for a little sparkle or serious spirit, creativity counts most in this contest.

By Rachel Chang
March 03, 2021
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While some states have started lifting mask restrictions, face coverings are still required on federal property, including national parks and buildings, as well as during interstate travel on planes, buses, and trains. In fact, CDC experts warn now is not the time to start loosening regulations as threats of a "fourth surge" could come. Plus, some experts suggest that wearing masks on planes should be the norm going forward, according to The Washington Post.

Since masks remain the most necessary safety protocol for containing the spread of COVID-19, one company is celebrating the essential accessory by offering one person $1,000 for their most creative mask design.

EmpireCovers, which makes vehicle, boat, and RV covers, has launched the Show Us Your Mask-terpiece contest to search for the most innovative design.

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"We want to spotlight and reward those who have taken the time to find a silver lining in this situation by brightening up their own world and the worlds of those around them with their face masks," the company says.

The winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize — and the company will also give a matching donation to the Barstool Fund, which is helping support small businesses who have been struggling because of pandemic's impact.

To enter, upload a photo of your mask using the link on this site by March 17. The EmpireCovers team will then select 50 finalists, which users can vote on from March 18 to April 2 before the winner is declared on April 5.

The company has also shown its dedication to masks by showing customers how to turn their car covers into as many as 150 face masks in an instructional video.

Last year, they offered $1,000 to one person for a very different task: binge-watching classic road trip movies.