Gustavus enacts mask mandate

    Gustavus, Alaska (KINY) - Gustavus City Council voted 6-1 to approve a mandate to wear cloth masks in public.

    All individuals in Gustavus are mandated to wear masks or cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are indoors in public settings or in communal spaces outside the home.

    They are also required outdoors in public spaces where they may be within six feet of other members of the public outside their immediate family.

    Places impacted include grocery stores, restaurants, bars, buses, taxis, aircraft, personal care facilities, childcare facilities, the US Post Office, City of Gustavus buildings, schools and churches.

    Any child under 2 is exempted.  Also, people with underlying health conditions are exempt.

    Any child under 12 is exempted unless under parental or other supervision from a caregiver.

    The mandate lasts until October 1 unless repealed earlier or extended by the council.

    Chatham School Superintendent Bruce Houck said they are working to open up schools in a safe manner next month.

    "The biggest thing that would help is everyone to stay help, wear masks until school gets going."

    Students and staff will be screened daily with questions and temperature checks

    The residents that spoke at the public hearing were in favor of the mandate.

    City Councilman Joe Clark was the only dissenting vote.



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