Alpharetta prohibits dine-in service at all food establishments; announces extension of public event cancellations

Officials in the city of Alpharetta enacted an emergency ordinance prohibiting all dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other food-serving establishments beginning March 20 until further notice. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials in the city of Alpharetta enacted an emergency ordinance prohibiting all dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other food-serving establishments beginning March 20 until further notice. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Officials in the city of Alpharetta enacted an emergency ordinance prohibiting all dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other food-serving establishments beginning March 20 until further notice. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Alpharetta city officials enacted an emergency ordinance March 20 in regard to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, temporarily prohibiting dine-in service at restaurants, bars and other food-serving establishments until further notice, according to a March 20 press release. Take-out, take-away and delivery service is still allowed.

The ordinance also bans any activity that would result in the gathering of 10 or more people at restaurants, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, arcades, movie theaters, live performance venues, and public and private clubs.

"Unfortunately, some members of the public are ignoring the social distancing measures that the [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] and other public health agencies have prescribed to help slow and contain the spread of COVID-19," Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin said in the release. "Their poor decisions have made it necessary to enact these strong measures in order to protect the public."

All businesses affected by this ordinance and authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption will be allowed to sell unopened bottles of beer and wine to customers so long as they also purchase food. Delivery of alcoholic beverages is still strictly prohibited.

"I truly hope that today's actions send a strong message that causes everyone to understand the seriousness of the current health threat and practice social distancing and the other common sense measures outlined by federal, state and county public health agencies so we are not forced to enact more stringent measures," Gilvin said in the release.


City officials also extended the cancellation of public events sponsored, organized or permitted by the city to May 10. Originally, the cancellation measure ended April 15. This extension includes the cancellation of Alpharetta's largest annual event, the Taste of Alpharetta, which was planned for May 7 and typically draws crowds in excess of 40,000 to downtown, the press release said.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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