City of Savannah suspends horse drawn carriage tours another day due to excessive heat

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Published: May. 29, 2019 at 1:34 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -The city of Savannah says all horse drawn carriage tours this Wednesday and Thursday for the safety and wellness of the horses.

The city first decided to suspend the tours from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, and then later decided to suspend the horse drawn tours on Thursday, May 30 as well. On Wednesday, tours will be suspended from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., then on Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.

City officials say the suspension is directly in response to predicted temperatures exceeding those allowed by City Ordinance, which is a “Heat Index of 110 degrees or higher or temperature exceeding 95 degrees Fahrenheit.”

The owner of Carriage Tours of Savannah provided this statement in response to the City’s decision:

In consideration of the record breaking heat this week, the carriage operators in Savannah have been taking additional measures to ensure the health and safety of our equine co-workers. We have been closing our operations when the temperatures start to approach 95 degrees as outlined in the heat policy. We have been operating in complete compliance with the City of Savannah’s Heat policy approved by City Council May 2017, outlined in the ordinance 6-1596. Thusly, we are surprised by the City’s decision to suspend carriage operations between the hours of 11am and 7pm on Wednesday May 29th.

We will continue to work within the guidelines for the heat policy the City and carriage operators spent countless hours creating, to best protect the horses. We had anticipated closing early tomorrow as we have done all week, in consideration of the weather forecast.

Behind the scenes we will continue to spoil our babies with cool baths, fans & peppermints.

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