San Francisco Travel Asks Visitors To Do Their Part

San Francisco Travel is asking visitors to commit to safe and responsible practices by signing the new Safe Travel Pledge.

That pledge encourages future visitors to come to San Francisco and to do so responsibly; and it is designed to remind people not only of what to expect when they visit the city, but what is expected of them as well.

Since it launched at the end of July, 420 people have proactively committed to the ten-point pledge to follow health and safety guidelines designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 62% of those who have signed the safe travel pledge live in California, with 32% being residents of San Francisco and 21% located in Northern California outside of San Francisco. 38% of those who signed are located outside of California.

People signing the pledge proactively promise to abide by the following tenets for travelling and visiting safely:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering when in public spaces.
  • Maintain physical distance from others while exploring the city.
  • Practice good hygiene to lower the risk of spreading or contracting disease.
  • Follow all local public health orders, even if they are different from the ones where I live.
  • Research the changes that local hotels, attractions, and businesses have made before I travel so that I can be a responsible visitor.
  • Support local businesses that form the character and culture of San Francisco’s many different neighbourhoods.
  • Use contactless payment methods wherever possible.
  • Be patient with and respectful to the workers in San Francisco’s hotels, restaurants, and stores, who are all adjusting to new protocols and procedures.
  • Preserve and protect the places I visit by not littering or leaving things behind.
  • Lead by example and share these practices with other travellers.

Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel, observed: “As we prepare to welcome people back to San Francisco, we want to encourage visitors to do their part to keep themselves and our residents safe, too.  Our Safe Travel Pledge is a way for visitors to show that they are committed to traveling responsibly.”

D’Alessandro continued: “The fact that almost 40% of those who signed the pledge are potential visitors from outside of California shows that we are starting to reach people outside of California, and they are signalling that they want to travel safely as soon as the city is open for leisure travel.“

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