Many Savannah businesses will keep old mask policies in place


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The City of Savannah Mask Mandate is back.

The warrant is only for city-owned facilities, but Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said he was encouraging private companies to participate and also required masks inside.

However, most of the companies interviewed by the OMCC said on Thursday that this would not change their mask policies.

Mayor Johnson made the announcement during his weekly press conference on Wednesday, saying he was following the advice of local health experts to reapply the masks. But for businesses, that call still belongs to them.

“I think for us we’re going to stick with what we’ve done. It worked, ”said Chad Dubose, director of Rivers and Glen Trading Co.

Dubose said he was happy that they made this choice for what is best for their store.

“We have never, from the beginning, pressured customers to wear masks in the store. Most people when they come in and see other people wearing them, if they have masks they put them on, ”Dubose said.

Several businesses on Broughton Street said they noticed more of their customers putting on their masks before entering. Some companies have even said they have reinstated their mask policy after the mayor’s announcement. Still, places like the Funky Brunch Café give people a choice.

“It’s a personal choice. We have staff who prefer to wear masks and continue to wear masks while they are here in the restaurant. We have other staff who are comfortable without wearing their masks, ”said Funky Brunch manager Precious Hutchens.

As has been the case from the start, Hutchens has said he will change his policy if necessary.

“If it’s mandatory and it comes back to what it was when it first happened, that is most definitely what will happen,” she said.

Employees say that at the end of the day, they want to do what they can to make their customers feel comfortable.

“If we have customers who would prefer their server to wear a mask, we have masks on hand in the restaurant,” Hutchens said.

“We don’t want to turn away clients because they believe in something different because it’s not our job,” Dubose said.

OMCC has spoken to some employees at other companies who say they require their staff to wear masks and they have been from day one, but their customers can make the decision for themselves.

The City’s mandate is in effect from now until further notice.

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