Officials with Chatham Area Transit (CAT) are postponing their planned service changes that were supposed to begin on Nov. 2.
Those changes included the suspension of Sunday services in order to deep clean the buses.
CAT officials said ridership was very low on Sundays, but Savannah tourism and hospitality leaders said this suspension would have hurt their already struggling industry by not allowing some people to get to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials with the tourism leadership council say 91 percent of Chatham County’s unemployment during the pandemic was from their industry.
“While Fridays and Saturdays look busy, bustling with visitors and residents all over our county, Sunday mornings are our busiest. That’s when we clean almost 15,000 rooms to prepare for the next visitors that are coming in,” Tourism Leadership Council President Michael Owens said.
CAT officials said the postponement will go for at least 90 days.