Municipality of Anchorage Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson has relaxed the COVID-19 emergency order once again.
During the final days of 2020, the acting mayor reduced the mandates in what was known as the “hunker down” order. Quinn-Davidson announced a new emergency order on Thursday, which is billed as “easing up.” According to city officials, Quinn-Davidson signed the emergency order, EO-18, in response to the changing conditions of COVID-19 in the municipality.
The order impacts businesses such as bars, restaurants, retail and entertainment facilities, as well as indoor organized sports. The new order goes into effect Feb. 1 at 8 a.m., and will remain until revoked.
“We know from a recent State of Alaska Epidemiology Report that the measures we’ve all been taking, including wearing masks and limiting gatherings, significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Quinn-Davidson said in a press release issued by the municipality. “Through EO-18, we continue our balanced approach of implementing measures that keep case counts under control with carefully reopening parts of our economy that have been most constrained.”
With the new order, bars and restaurants may operate indoor and outdoor seated table service only up to 50 percent capacity. All businesses must stop serving alcohol after 12 a.m. Retail businesses, salons and personal care service providers, entertainment facilities, and indoor gyms and fitness centers can operate at 50 percent capacity.
Organized sports teams, such as the high school programs, will be allowed to compete as of Feb. 1, but only against other programs from within the municipality. City officials also said employers must require employees to work from home when remote work does not significantly impede business operations.