Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood, with authorization from City Council members, temporarily suspended four ordinances March 23 "in an effort to support Milton's business community" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a March 23 press release.

"The COVID-19 emergency has been tough on everyone, but especially those in the restaurant and retail industries. These four ordinances aim to assist them, after we determined them necessary—as the orders state—'to promote the safety, protection and well-being of the inhabitants of the city,'" Lockwood said in the release.

The four ordinances will:

  • Permit the equivalent of takeout alcohol sales at Milton table-service restaurants, allowing customers to purchases sealed bottles of wine and beer without going inside the restaurant and allowing restaurant owners to bypass the package permit applications.

  • Allow reasonable new temporary signs, bypassing normal permitting processes and the need to walk into city hall.

  • Extend the deadline to renew business licenses from March 31 to April 30.

  • Authorize restaurants with on-premise alcohol consumption licenses to defer their monthly excise tax payments for "by the drink" sales beginning in March to April 30.

"At the same time, we are well aware that this is a marathon, not a sprint. None of these measures will resolve every challenge that Milton businesses face," Lockwood said in the release. "In the coming days and weeks, we'll look for more opportunities to make policy changes that can make a positive impact. Milton's businesses, not to mention Milton's citizens, deserve nothing less."