Greenville Joint Media Briefing regarding COVID-19 response set for 1PM

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA)–Many businesses and restaurants are now open in Greenville. As the greater Greenville area gets back to a new normal, city and county leaders continue find ways for people to remain safe.

“It’s in the best interest of the business community, restaurants, retailers and others to adopt protocol,” Greenville Mayor Knox White said.

“Our economy is only going to recover and reopen proportionate to the confidence level of our customers and of our clients,” Carlos Phillips with the Greenville Chamber said.

Leaders have been working with a team to do just that. The initiative launched on Friday, and encourages businesses to take the “Greater Greenville Pledge.”

“Do the right thing, practice the steps that have been recommended in the pledge,” Phillips said.

“Go online and you’ll see the checklist, it’s the whole protocol of what you would agree to observe,” White said.

The pledge includes measure likes wearing personal protective equipment in order to reopen responsibly.

“If you want to recover in a healthy and a robust way follow the steps of the Greater Greenville Pledge. That will put you in a position to recover more effectively,” Phillips said.

Local health experts say the pledge is a great start, but the community needs to take action too.

“We have to do our part when we go to the store and also wear our mask and make sure we take care of our personal hygiene so that we keep everyone safe,” Dr. Eric Ossmann with Prisma Health said.

Health leaders say there’s one simple thing people can do that they’ve been urging throughout the coronavirus crisis.

“I would like to see people wearing masks to a greater degree,” Ossmann said.

“If it’s a gorgeous day and the sidewalks are packed then absolutely I encourage you to be wearing the cloth masks,” Dr. Brannon Traxler with DHEC said.

As far as the pledge goes, businesses that take part will be given a window sticker to show the public they are open for business with public health in mind.

“So you as a consumer and a customer will know that a business when you walk through the door they have signed the pledge,” White said.

This is the final briefing of its type the city will be holding on a regular basis.

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