Alpharetta waiting to close businesses, restaurants

Alpharetta City Hall sits in the center of the city's Downtown District, a hub of shopping and dining in the city. Downtown Alpharetta is also home to some of the city's most popular events throughout the year. Contributed by Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Alpharetta City Hall sits in the center of the city's Downtown District, a hub of shopping and dining in the city. Downtown Alpharetta is also home to some of the city's most popular events throughout the year. Contributed by Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Credit: LAUREN_LIZ_KRESS

Credit: LAUREN_LIZ_KRESS

For now, Alpharetta is not ordering restaurants to limit business to take-out, or closing retail establishments due to the coronavirus pandemic, said James Drinkard, assistant city administrator.

"We have not received any guidance from public health agencies encouraging local governments to take action," Drinkard said on Friday. Once the city gets that guidance, he said, it will adjust "according to what they suggest."

Nearby, Sandy Springs is expected to limit restaurants to take-out only and possibly close retail businesses at a meeting scheduled later today. On Wednesday, Dunwoody City Council adopted an emergency ordinance banning in-person dining effective 9 p.m. Friday.

Alpharetta has closed all city facilities through April 12.

This week, North Point Mall in Alpharetta reduced hours to noon – 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Several mall stores have closed as a result of the outbreak and owners are considering reopening at the end of March.

Alpharetta City Council will provide video conferencing for the next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, allowing the public to watch live.

City Council has a full agenda scheduled, which includes a vote on a contract with Moffatt and Nichol engineering firm to conduct a traffic impact study on Tradewinds Parkway, as it is today and after the state Department of Transportation adds express lanes from the North Springs Marta Station to McFarland Parkway.

The full agenda is on the city of Alpharetta website.

To watch the meeting by computer, tablet or smartphone go to https://zoom.us/j/4801153619 and enter Meeting ID: 480 115 3619. The Zoom meeting app can be downloaded for free. To listen only call

646-558-8656 from a mobile phone or 312-626-6799 from a land line.

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