Some Alaska cities decline to mandate masks amid virus

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest city in Alaska has mandated residents wear masks in public to limit the spread of COVID-19, but several other cities and boroughs declined to follow suit, arguing the mandates weren’t needed, would be difficult to enforce or were illegal.

    The Anchorage Daily News reported that Anchorage, Cordova, Dillingham, Kotzebue, Seward, Unalaska and Valdez were the only large cities to require masks in all public indoor spaces, including stores and restaurants.

    The Northwest Arctic Borough was the only borough to do so.

    Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has opposed a statewide mandate. 

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