Mayor Joe Lockwood on Monday ordered the suspension of four ordinances in an effort to support Milton's businesses community. Here is his statement:
"Today, exercising authority given me by our City Council, I took the first of what could be many steps to support Milton businesses. Every business in Milton, in its own way, contributes significantly to the special culture, sense of community, and vibrancy of our City. As such, it's my responsibility to do what I can to give them the flexibility and support that they need right now.
"The COVID-19 emergency has been tough on everyone, but especially those in the restaurant and retail industries. These four orders 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.' Specifically, they will:
In fact, all these orders are temporary. They're only in effect as long as the City - and our businesses - need them during this emergency, unless they're extended.
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. There is still much beyond our control. Still, these are things that the City government can control. 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."
For the latest on the City of Milton's response to COVID-19, visit the City webpage dedicated to this topic (https://www.cityofmiltonga.us/coronavirus), as well as the City of Milton's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/thecityofmiltonga/) and Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/cityofmiltonga).