SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah’s mayor and local industry leaders are calling on businesses to vow to keep the city safe as they reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Van Johnson announced on Wednesday the “Savannah Safe Pledge,” described as “an initiative to keep employees, residents, and visitors healthy and safe.”
Local businesses can log onto savannahsafe.com and take the pledge, committing to safety protocols laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The website lists the restaurants, shops and other businesses that have taken the pledge for the public to see.
“I think businesses really want to do the right thing,” Johnson said.
Code Compliance will make sure businesses are abiding by their pledge. The mayor says he will also keep a close eye on the situation.
“If …. they’re not operating in the way that the CDC prescribes, that’s an issue. And I think it’s an issue for everybody,” said Mayor Johnson.
Once businesses sign the pledge, they will receive a certificate and poster to display outside their doors.
The Tourism Leadership Council says it will take years for businesses to fully recover from the pandemic, but there is a glimmer of hope.
Michael Owens from TLC says people are visiting Savannah’s outdoor areas and surrounding beaches for weekend trips.
“We are seeing more folks come in,” said Owens. “Almost all of it is drive-in.”
The city has partnered with the following organizations to make the pledge possible: Savannah Area Chamber, Greater Savannah Black Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Visit Savannah, Visit Tybee Island, Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council, Buy Local Savannah, City Market and the Savannah Downtown Business Association.