Barnsley Resort and the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development are among more than 1,000 entities supporting the Georgia Safety Promise. In conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the public-private partnership is reporting commitments from businesses and local leaders and authorities across the state.
“The Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development has committed to the Georgia Safety Promise because state leadership is asking for help and we want to lead by example. But, the primary reason is that the promise is the right thing to do, to respect our customers and our employees,” said Melinda Lemmon, executive director of the CBCDEcD.
Kicked off last month by Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Safety Promise aims to “encourage all Georgians to do their part to keep Georgia healthy and open for business by following the latest Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines, including wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and regularly washing and sanitizing hands and surfaces,” according to a GDEcD news release.
For Barnsley Resort President David Friederich, the Georgia Safety Promise mirrored the Adairsville venue’s recently implemented COVID-19 health and safety measures.
"We signed up for the Georgia Safety Promise immediately as it is in perfect alignment with our own enhanced Health & Sanitation Program,” he said. “When the opportunity arose to stand in solidarity with the Governor's Office and Georgia's Department of Health for the Georgia Safety Promise, we of course wanted to join and show our support at the forefront.
“It's important to work together with other businesses across the state to set and showcase a high commitment to cleanliness and safeness. By supporting the promise, we're doing our part to keep guests and employees safe and jobs in the economy, in a strategic manner with everyone's health and safety as the top priority."
In early June, Barnsley Resort reopened after closing the majority of its amenities to guests for nearly three months due to COVID-19.
Situated at 597 Barnsley Gardens Road, the resort centers around a 19th century estate and features numerous offerings, including restaurants, gardens, boutique spa, golf course, wingshooting, horseback riding, a 55-room Inn and Georgian Hall.
"The blueprint of Barnsley Resort is centered around spending time outdoors and connecting with nature, which guests have enjoyed since we reopened in June,” Friederich said. “As we look ahead, we’re pleased to continue to serve as a remote destination where travelers can escape for relaxation and outdoor adventure along with warm hospitality and first-class service.
“The resort activities that guests and members have come to know and love are available, including the Fazio Course and Golf Performance Center, horseback riding, sporting clays at the Beretta Shooting Grounds, spa and our other outdoor activities, such as hiking trails, canoeing, catch-and-release fishing and more along with dining at Woodlands Grill and the Beer Garden. Throughout, we are following our commitment to our Health & Sanitation Program, which was created following the guidelines from the state of Georgia as well as our industry experts at the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association, National Restaurant Association and more.”
The resort’s Health & Sanitation Program is underscored throughout the venue with signage, as well as a prominent presence on its website. Barnsley Resort’s entire Health & Sanitation Program can be viewed online at www.barnsleyresort.com/welcome.
“Visitors will notice signs throughout their visit reminding them of ‘a shared responsibility’ between travelers and our resort colleagues to keep one another safe,” he said. “This reminds guests to practice the habits we’ve all become accustomed to, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings in the resort’s indoor public areas, such as the lobby or retail locations.
“Additionally, the resort's website has a dedicated landing page that provides an overview of the enhanced Health & Sanitation Program we've implemented, which does include daily screenings for our colleagues and modifications we’ve implemented for dining, housekeeping services, The Spa and all other areas of the resort.”
For more information about Georgia Safety Promise, visit www.georgia.org/SafetyPromise.