O4W Businesses ‘Pledge’ To Reopen With Whopping 64 Safety Guidelines Including Requiring Masks

In addition to 39 state-mandated guidelines for reopening, at least 35 businesses under the direction of the neighborhood's business association are adding in 25 safety requirements.
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The Old Fourth Ward Business Association has “convened small and medium businesses within the neighborhood to design and commit to a strategy to safely reopen businesses to the public,” the organization Monday announced in a press release.

Led by a task force of business owners from Edgewood Avenue including Matt Ruppert of Noni’s Deli, Johnny Martinez of Joystick Gamebar, and Sarah Kim of Our Bar ATL, the coalition of Old Fourth Ward (O4W) businesses have designed a three-tiered “Pledge to Public Health to provide organization and collaboration for Old Fourth Ward businesses planning to re-open in the coming weeks.”

The pledge, which can be found here in its entirety, adds 25 health and safety measures that go above and beyond the state-mandated protocols.

Some of the notable additions include requiring face masks to be worn inside all businesses, ventilating businesses regularly, providing PPE for all employees, screening customer temperatures, and having a plan for how to notify employees and clients should someone within the business test positive for COVID-19.

To date, 35 businesses have taken the O4W Pledge to Public Health, including prominent businesses on the Beltline, at Ponce City Market, on Edgewood, and in the Sweet Auburn Historic District:

  • Alkaloid Networks Ameris Bank
  • Axe Throwing Atlanta
  • Binders Art Supplies
  • BlueFletch
  • Bone Lick Southern Kitchen
  • BQE Restaurant and Lounge
  • Caren West PR
  • City Winery Atlanta
  • Clues and Cocktails
  • Condesa Coffee
  • Dad’s Garage
  • Dancing Dogs Yoga
  • Fred Martin
  • Welding Co.
  • Georgia Beer Garden
  • Harold’s Chicken and Ice Bar
  • Havana Cigars
  • Hilliard Partners LLC
  • Huskers Café
  • Joystick Gamebar
  • Just Add Honey Tea Company
  • Kea Beverages
  • The Municipal Market
  • Mother
  • Music Room
  • Noni’s Bar & Deli
  • O mi ga Vietnamese Kitchen
  • Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics
  • Our Bar ATL
  • Pour Taproom
  • Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium
  • Spkez
  • Splatter Studio @ PCM
  • St. Germain French Bakery
  • Varuni Napoli

Click here for our frequently-updated lists of Atlanta-area eateries that have reopened or plan on doing so in the coming weeks.

[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc. Check out our publications in your city: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa.

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  1. I’ll pass, doesn’t sound like a good time…
    Glad I blew it out as a kid!

  2. Smh . Fear will stop all common sense. This is the dumbest set of people pledges of all time and will ensure more businesses WILL close. Why in the hell would you require mask as well as take a customers temp? These n95 mask are designed for “ Sterile Environments like surgery rooms, delivery rooms,” but most importantly the mask does NOT prevent catching any virus a healthy IMMUNE SYSTEM and an ALKALINE Body stops all dis-ease … an acidic body gets sick ( too much processed sugars and meats and cow milk). But no one is talking about that instead push FEAR OF DEATH. and control instead. No 4w for me and my family.

    1. It’s impossible to change the pH levels of your blood through diet.
      Might wanna get your facts straight before spewing off nonsensical medical/dietary advice.

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