Asheville Cares- Stay Safe pledge supports community safety

Press release from Explore Asheville: 

The health and safety of everyone who lives, works, and visits our community is a top concern as restrictions are lifted and Buncombe County slowly reopens.

How do businesses communicate their compliance with public health recommendations to keep employees, customers and guests safe? In return, what responsibility do customers and guests have in following safety precautions when they patronize a local business?

Keeping each other healthy is a shared commitment. And helping business owners, employees, customers, and guests remember that mutual obligation is the idea behind the Asheville Cares – Stay Safe Pledge, launched today by Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“At its simplest, the Stay Safe pledge is a visual reminder of recommended precautions that both businesses and guests ‘pledge’ to take, such as washing or sanitizing hands, following physical distancing guidelines, and staying home when feeling ill,” said Stephanie Brown, president and CEO. “The Asheville Cares flyer and posters also provide a link to a section of that provides residents as well as visitors details about how Asheville area businesses have stepped up to protect workers and guests with safety measures that go beyond state guidelines.”

The Asheville Cares pledge is available in a variety of formats for businesses to download and display as they wish, from an 8.5” x 11” flyer up to a 24” x 36” poster. An image of the pledge branding is also available for displaying on business websites or for use in social media.

Businesses in towns and municipalities outside of Asheville can download their own version of the pledge – “Black Mountain Cares,” “Weaverville Cares,” and so on. A generic “We Care” version is available for use beyond Buncombe County, demonstrating unity in a shared commitment to safety across Western North Carolina.

The Asheville Cares safety pledge was developed by Explore Asheville in collaboration with local tourism industry partners, but it’s not just for businesses that serve visitors, said Brown.

“We welcome any local business or organization to display this pledge. Our objective is to keep all of us – residents, workers, and people who come to visit – healthy and safe.”

The safety pledge can be downloaded here.

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