As Cherokee County restaurants adjust to the novel coronavirus pandemic, local governments are taking temporary measures to help them function.

On Friday night the Cherokee Marshal’s Office announced a temporary suspension of laws prohibiting food service businesses with alcohol licenses from selling unopened beers and bottles of wine with to-go food orders. They will now be able to sell unopened beer and wine with to-go food orders — including delivered orders — through April 30. The suspension of ordinances could be lifted earlier by a vote of the county Board of Commissioners.

Earlier Friday, Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques and Canton Mayor Bill Grant issued executive orders allowing restaurants in their cities that hold an alcohol license a “Temporary Limited Package License” to allow them to sell unopened containers of beer and wine with to-go food orders.

Some local restaurants have closed or reduced seating in their dining rooms to promote social distancing in efforts to reduce spread of coronavirus. Many have added curbside pickup and/or delivery to customers trying to limit their contact with others.

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