Savannah mayor OKs Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, large outdoor events

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah Mayor Van Johnson gave the green light Wednesday to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and other large-scale outdoor events scheduled in November.

Public events will be allowed inside city facilities with capacity capped at 60% and masks required, Johnson announced in a virtual press conference.

There will be some conditions for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7. Runners will have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of their race. Masks must also be worn in indoor race venues, the mayor added.

Johnson hesitated to make a final decision until now, citing the risk of COVID-19 spread in the community. A month ago, he announced the city was pulling permits on large gatherings in October, forcing events like the Savannah Jazz Festival to make alternative plans.

The mayor said he consulted with local health officials before making the decision for November events and cited Chatham County’s improved vaccination rate, which reached 50% this week.

“We’re not going to allow your lack of decision or your indecisiveness to stop the rest of the city of Savannah, who is doing the right thing, from moving on and being what we can be in our next chapter,” Johnson said.

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