Anyone who has ever been to Athens can agree that there’s something special about it. The vibrant outdoor parks, lively downtown scene, and friendly people all set this little town apart. But perhaps the most unique and impressive quality is its unity. When the world encountered the unthinkable in the form of a global pandemic, Athens businesses and citizens stepped up to the plate, coming together to prioritize customer health and safety. With an overwhelmingly positive response, more than 100 local businesses, retailers, and restaurants have committed to the Ready, Set, Go Safely campaign.  

Ready, Set, Go Safely is a collaborative community effort to promote and encourage protocol, sanitization measures, and safety guidelines so that businesses, residents and visitors can safely go forward together. Businesses commit to go safely by establishing and following approved protocol, monitoring and following distancing and capacity guidelines, following CDC standards for sanitizing and disinfecting, training employees on protocol to reduce the spread, wearing cloth face coverings and maintaining 6-feet of distance, and welcoming patrons who are also following guidelines. 

Jared Reeves, owner of Certified Clean Care, said he is “excited to help restore consumer confidence in Athens businesses.” The company offers a germ control program that utilizes an electrostatic sprayer to apply EPA-registered disinfectant and services many of the businesses in the Go Safely campaign. 

David Cappi, owner of DePalma’s, is one of the many business owners that has enlisted Certified Clean Care’s services and committed his business to going forward safely. “We want to work wisely and safely,” David said. “It’s been a difficult summer for downtown businesses, but our customers have been so encouraging and gracious.” 

As customers begin to venture out once more, the campaign encourages you to go safely by wearing masks and maintain 6-feet of distance  Customers can look for the Ready, Set, Go Safely sticker on business windows, as these companies have committed to high standards of sanitization and safety protocols.  The complete list of businesses who have made the commitment can be found online.  

“Mitigating the spread of coronavirus is our top priority,” said Katie Williams, Director of the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, one of the partners in the campaign. “By working together, we can create the safest possible environment for Athens residents, students, and visitors.” 

Businesses can learn more about making the commitment at The Ready, Set, Go Safely campaign is sponsored by Georgia Power and Certified Clean Care. 


For more information contact:  

Katie Williams 

Director, Athens CVB