Cities Suspend Dine-In Service for All Restaurants

March 24, 2020
Canton and Woodstock Jointly Order the Suspension of Dine-in Restaurant Operations
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Cities of Canton and Woodstock representing over 60,000 residents in Cherokee County have jointly issued executive orders placing a ban on dining inside restaurant facilities effective at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. During the time of this ban, City officials encourage restaurants to utilize alternative options for food sales including, take-out, curbside to-go, and delivery practices. Additionally, each restaurant currently operating under a consumption on premises or pouring permit for beer and wine may sell packaged (un-opened) beer and wine with food services outlined above.  Canton and Woodstock believe that the limit of in-facility dining, which goes beyond the measures ordered by Governor Brian Kemp, are best practices to curb the spread of germs while also taking into consideration the health and well-being of patrons and restaurant employees. This ban on dining does not impact personal care facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities, or healthcare cafeterias.
"These are unprecedented times, and we need to be mindful of the health of our restaurant employees and patrons,” said City of Canton Mayor Bill Grant. “We encourage citizens to support our wonderful restaurants through their alternative options for takeout and delivery, and we urge our citizens to continue to take measures to flatten the curve on this pandemic."
Press inquiries to City of Canton
Billy Peppers, City Manager

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