Alpharetta - Milton Edition - May 2020

ALPHARETTA MILTON EDITION

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3  MAY 21JUNE 17, 2020

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VITAL SIGNS The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce as well as other North Fulton entities sent out a survey to more than 3,000 businesses in greater North Fulton County to nd the economic eects on the region. The survey was open April 13-20. WHAT IS THE OPERATING STATUS OF YOU BUSINESS?

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Open (60%) Closed (40%)

742 Respondents

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ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT YOUR BUSINESS MAY CLOSE PERMANENTLY BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT CRISIS?

FOOD &DRINK DELIVERY OPTIONS

Yes (27%) No (42%) Unsure (31%)

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624 Respondents

Business owners in Alpharetta and Milton—and statewide—were able to reopen dining rooms at a limited capacity beginning April 27. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Alpharetta, Milton restaurant owners navigate reopening while the coronavirus pandemic continues

SOURCES: GREATER NORTH FULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CITY OF ALPHARETTA, CITY OF MILTON, CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS, ROSWELL INC., SELECT FULTONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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BY KARA MCINTYRE

In the city of Alpharetta, dine-in service ended earlier after Alpharetta City Council members passed an ordinance March 20 prohibiting dine-in services at any restaurant within city limits. “I couldn’t sleep for days when all of this was going on, and I cried thinking about the decisions I had to make. I have 80-85 employees that depend on me to take care of their families,” Henderson said. “I feel the heaviness and the weight of responsibility [as a business owner].” While Kemp allowed dining rooms to reopen beginning April 27 as long as specic health guidelines are met, most CONTINUED ON 18

CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

“I haven’t seen a paycheck in about two months,” said Dar- ren Henderson, chef and owner of Crust Pasta & Pizzeria in Alpharetta. This is the reality for some business and restaurant owners in Alpharetta, Milton and elsewhere in Georgia as the coro- navirus pandemic caused the closure of restaurant dining rooms beginning April 6, per an executive order fromGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp. The closures have resulted in a $2.5 billion revenue loss to the state’s restaurant industry from March 17 to May 4, according to Sarah Thorson, director of partner- ships and events for the Georgia Restaurant Association.

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