Anchorage institutes mask mandate under emergency ordinance

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The governing body of Alaska’s largest city has passed an emergency ordinance instituting a mask mandate.

    The Anchorage Assembly passed the ordinance late Tuesday, and it replaces an earlier proposal that has dragged on for weeks amid heated testimony during a prolonged public hearing.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports the new ordinance passed on a 9-1 vote and went into effect immediately.

    A public hearing is not required for an emergency ordinance.

    It requires most everyone age 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public areas with some exceptions.

    It is in effect for 60 days or until some benchmarks are met indicating the current spike in COVID-19 cases is

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