Sitka passes resolution in support of wearing masks

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly passed a mask resolution Tuesday on a 5-2 vote.

    At their meeting of July 28, the Assembly approved Resolution 2020-26 encouraging the people in the City and Borough of Sitka to wear masks or cloth face coverings in public places.

    Assembly members Valerie Nelson and Kevin Mosher voted against the measure.

    Dr. David Lam spoke out against the resolution.

    "It is very clear, from the peer-reviewed medical literature which I have read, and it is obvious that the authors of the resolution have not, that wearing a facemask in a community setting is not protective of the general populace," Lam said.

    Another Sitka resident, business owner Marshall Albertson, also spoke out against the measure.

    "Right now, because we got a couple of tyrannical overlords on the Assembly that think they could change a little bit of wording and stuff and then put this back on the docket, because of whatever fears or phobias they may have, I think is absolutely ridiculous," Albertson said. "I brought $10,000 cash with me tonight. If this is about fines, or whatever, I want this to cover me and all my employees. We are not going to wear masks."

    A similar resolution two weeks ago failed in the Assembly.

    The resolution is effective immediately and will remain in effect through Sept. 8, or until earlier terminated by the Assembly.

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