CBJ approves mask mandate

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ Assembly voted unanimously to impose a mask mandate to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.

    The assembly took just over an hour of public comment on the issue, both in favor and opposed.

    Supporters pointed to the health and public safety of the community.

    Several assembly members said the biggest concern was being able to reopen schools.

    Detractors spoke about civil liberties and questioned the effectiveness of masks in slowing the spread of the virus.

    The ordinance would require people to wear masks in a publicly accessible indoor facility or an indoor communal area outside the home.

    Assemblymembers urged the public to be kind to others, obey the ordinance, and not abuse those that aren't wearing masks.

    There are exceptions for people with disabilities and for young children.

    While no official enforcement is planned, violators are subject to a $25 fine.

    Businesses would be not fined if they post a sign that states that masks are required in the business.

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