Anchorage mayor closing bars, gyms amid virus concerns

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - Major lifestyle changes are in store for Alaska's largest city.

    The mayor of Anchorage signed an order Monday closing gyms and entertainment venues and barring restaurants, bars, and other establishments from offering dine-in service to the public through the rest of March amid concerns over the new coronavirus.

    The order, signed by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, also would close self-serve buffets and salad bars.

    It would not apply to drive-thrus or take-out or delivery services.

    His office says grocery stores would remain open.

    The restrictions take effect at 5 p.m. Monday and extend through March 31.

    Gatherings of at least 50 people in Anchorage also will be prohibited during that time.

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