Press Release

Visit Savannah Encourages Individuals to Take Savannah Safe Personal Pledge as Tourism Returns to Savannah


Erica Backus



[SAVANNAH, Ga] – Officials at Visit Savannah are asking individuals including visitors and residents to join the business community in taking the “Savannah Safe Personal Pledge.” The Personal Pledge is designed to encouraged shared responsibility in following safety protocols laid out by the CDC, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Savannah and Tybee Island.

“The health and safety of our residents, hospitality workers and guests are our organization’s number one priority as we re-open the city for a robust summer and fall travel season,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah. “All of the research we’ve analyzed tells us that people are getting more and more anxious to start traveling again.  However, safety has moved up to their highest priority. They want to feel that they are traveling to “safe” destinations, restaurants, and attractions when they do. Today’s travelers want to know that businesses and communities are taking extra steps to provide the safest environment possible for their visit.” This is the focus of the City of Savannah’s Savannah Safe Business Pledge and the more than 600 local businesses that have signed up.

Individuals can take the “Savannah Save Personal Pledge” by adding their name and agreeing to abide by the protocols that have been encouraged by the CDC and other agencies. While there is no enforcement of the pledge in terms of individual behavior, the hope is that through the acknowledgment and agreement to the pledge parameters, individuals will become aware of and adopt safe practices, resulting in benefit to themselves and others.

“In the classic sense of “we are all in this together”, we believe that it is everyone’s job to respect the new protocols that are necessary to minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19,” said Marinelli. “While other cities across the country have adopted similar safety initiatives in their communities, we wanted to take it a step further and get buy-in from individuals as well. Because at the end of the day, by our nature, Savannah loves to welcome guests. It’s what Southern hospitality is all about. But it is also about caring for our fellow citizens, our visitors and each other.”

To take the Savannah Safe Personal Pledge, visitors can go to COVID-19 resource page up for up-to-date information and listings on accommodations, restaurants and attractions that are Savannah Safe.

The Savannah Safe Personal Pledge

I pledge to:

  • Frequently wash and sanitize my hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or my sleeve
  • Use face coverings while in public or when asked
  • Comply with the CDC's Social Distancing Guidelines of at least 6 feet apart
  • Abide by orders and directives issued by governmental and public health officials
  • Stay at home if I develop symptoms

We humbly ask you to take the pledge for the well-being of yourself, your fellow travelers and for the people of the Savannah region who welcome you.

For more information or for media assistance, contact Erica Backus at [email protected] or 912.644.6405.

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Visit Savannah serves as the official destination marketing organization for the Savannah area tourism industry and is committed to driving economic prosperity in the greater Savannah community through increased overall visitation and related spending while continuing to build upon Savannah’s image as a world-class destination.