Georgia restaurants reopen, Alpharetta gets grant and more: News this week from Alpharetta

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order June 11—which went into effect June 16—loosening restrictions on Georgia businesses and offering additional guidance for reopening the state. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order June 11—which went into effect June 16—loosening restrictions on Georgia businesses and offering additional guidance for reopening the state. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order June 11—which went into effect June 16—loosening restrictions on Georgia businesses and offering additional guidance for reopening the state. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Read the latest news from this week's coverage of the Atlanta metro area.

Georgia restaurants can now open at full capacity; live performance venues can begin to reopen

Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order June 11 loosening restrictions put in place since April to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the state—including no capacity limits for dine-in services at restaurants statewide, reopening live performance venues under specific criteria and allowing conventions to resume July 1.

City of Alpharetta awarded $1.6 million grant to improve North Point area walkability

New pedestrian-friendly improvements will be coming to the North Point area in the city of Alpharetta, according to a news release from the city June 16.



North Fulton Community Charities aids in food, financial assistance during coronavirus recovery

Not even 90 days after Holly York started her role as executive director of North Fulton Community Charities, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the North Fulton area, shutting down businesses, canceling events, and sparking layoffs and furloughs—and therefore relying more on nonprofit organizations such as NFCC for financial and nutritional help, she said. York took the role in January, and by mid-March, the pandemic took priority.

Big Blue Swim School to open June 22 on Alpharetta-Johns Creek border

Big Blue Swim School is expected to open June 22 on the Alpharetta and Johns Creek border after a delayed opening due to COVID-19.

Alpharetta City Council hosts public hearing on FY 2021 budget June 15, 22

Residents have an opportunity to share their comments on the city of Alpharetta's fiscal year 2020-21 budget at the next two council meetings—June 15 and 22—and vocalize concerns or opinions about the budget to council members and Mayor Jim Gilvin.

Kara McIntyre contributed to this report.



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