ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood signed an executive order Monday relaxing certain restrictions on local businesses as they navigate a shaky economy.

Lockwood suspended four ordinances that he said should provide some relief to the businesses hit hardest.

Milton will now allow restaurants with pouring licenses to sell sealed wine and beer to-go, an action taken by many metro Atlanta cities. However, Milton has not joined its neighbors — Roswell and Alpharetta — in prohibiting dine-in service at restaurants.

Restaurants with licenses for on-premise consumption of alcohol may also defer their monthly excise tax payments for “by the drink” sales for March through April 30.

The order also extends the deadline for renewing business licenses from March 31 to April 30.

Finally, the executive order allows businesses to post temporary signs to announce new practices, hours or the like. The temporary sign must conform to current standards in the city code, but business owners can bypass the normal permitting process and apply at City Hall.

“Every business in Milton, in its own way, contributes significantly to the special culture, sense of community, and vibrancy of our city,” Lockwood stated. “As such, it's my responsibility to do what I can to give them the flexibility and support that they need right now.”

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