Here’s how the Savannah Police Department enforced social distancing guidelines over Memorial Day weekend

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SAVANNAH — The Savannah Police Department was out in full force over Memorial Day Weekend. In addition to warning and citing local businesses for violating social distancing guidelines, the police also cited several motorists for Memorial Day Weekend traffic violations.

On May 12, Governor Brian Kemp released guidelines, as part of his executive order, detailing how restaurants and dining rooms should operate to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines included increased distancing of patrons and employees while operating.

“Our mission is to ensure the safety of our community members and those who choose to visit,” said Chief of Police Roy Minter. “It is imperative that the businesses in our area continue to follow the appropriate guidelines to safeguard our community. With the amount of people we expected to visit establishments to enjoy Memorial Day weekend, we knew we had to take a hard stance to ensure their well-being.”


Between May 23 and 25, the department’s Alcohol Beverage Compliance Unit visited several alcohol serving establishments in order to examine their compliance with the guidelines.

According to the Savannah Police Department, The Social Club on 411 W. Congress Street received two citations and B&D Burger on 209 W. Congress Street received one citation.

The following businesses received a warning:

  • Boomys- 409 W. Congress St.
  • The Escape Company- 30 Montgomery St.
  • Savannah Seafood Shack- 116 E. Broughton St.
  • World of Beer- 112 W. Broughton St.
  • Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill- 311 W. Congress St.
  • PS Tavern- 11 W. Bay St.

Part of the public safety plan for Memorial Day weekend focused on traffic enforcement to ensure the safety of motorists. This enforcement initiative resulted in the following citations between May 23-25:

  • Speeding- 66 citations
  • Red Light Violation- 3 citations
  • Seat Belt Violation- 18 citations
  • DUI- 5 citations
  • Hands Free Violation- 6 citations


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