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Anchorage Community Briefing – mandating the use of cloth face coverings or masks in the Municipality of Anchorage

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Community Briefing: Today the Mayor, Anchorage Health Department Director Natasha Pineda and Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Chandler, and Alaska CHARR CEO/President Sarah Oates will give an important community briefing on COVID-19 ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Anchorage residents may ask questions in the comments of the Facebook Live video and we will do our best to get them answered.

Posted by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz gives a community briefing about the Municipality and Federal Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

July 1, noon – 1:00 p.m., 2020


The briefings will be live streamed on the Mayor’s Facebook page. Residents may participate in the briefing by submitting questions in the comments of the Facebook live.

Anchorage Community Briefing - mandating the use of cloth face coverings or masks in the Municipality of Anchorage

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Anchorage Community Briefing - mandating the use of cloth face coverings or masks in the Municipality of Anchorage

Mayor Issues Emergency Order EO-13



​ANCHORAGE, AK — Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued Emergency Order EO-13, mandating the use of cloth face coverings or masks in the Municipality of Anchorage. EO-13 takes effect at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, and remains in effect until July 31, 2020.

Emergency Order EO-13 is in response to increasing case counts in Anchorage over the last few weeks. To support the increase in economic activity following the lifting of the Hunker Down order, and to protect public health, everyone in Anchorage must wear a face covering when in a public space such as a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurant or bar, retail store, and other common indoor areas.

“COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in the Lower 48 and case counts have risen in Anchorage,” said Mayor Berkowitz. “Unfortunately, not enough people are practicing the distancing needed to keep the curve flat, so we have a choice between doing nothing, hunkering down, or masking up. Masking up makes a difference. When enough of us do it, we can flatten the curve, keep our businesses open, and our community safe.”

Exceptions to this order include:

• children under two years old
• individuals with health conditions who are unable to tolerate wearing a face covering or mask due to a physical or mental disability
• individuals performing an activity that cannot be accomplished, or accomplished safely while wearing a mask

Employers are responsible to provide masks or cloth face coverings to employees who have direct contact with others. Additional details are outlined in the Emergency Order.

This emergency order follows recommendations by the Anchorage Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a face covering or mask reduces droplets passed on to others when people talk, cough, sing, or sneeze. Face coverings are especially helpful to prevent asymptomatic people from transmitting the virus to others.

Face coverings do not replace physical distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people), frequent hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, and routine cleaning and disinfecting of regularly touched surfaces.

Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure Locations




Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure Locations

Anchorage, Alaska – The Anchorage Health Department (AHD) has confirmed that persons who were infectious with COVID-19 spent extended time in the following businesses:

Business Name Location Case Visits Identified Exposure Period
Anchorage Moose Lodge #1534 Anchorage 8 6/23-6/28
Panhandle Bar Anchorage 6 6/16-6/24
JJ’s Lounge Anchorage 6 6/15-6/18
The Gaslight Bar Anchorage 5 6/25-6/27
Williwaw Social Anchorage 3 6/20, 6/21, 6/25
Chilkoot Charlie’s Anchorage 2 6/18-6/25
Cabin Tavern Anchorage 2 6/24-6/25
F Street Station Anchorage 2 6/20 and 6/25
Eddie’s Sports Bar Anchorage 1 6/18
Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse Anchorage 1 6/25
Pioneer Bar Anchorage 1 6/20
Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge Anchorage 1 6/25
Great Alaskan Bush Company Anchorage 1 6/24
Asia Garden Anchorage 1 6/24
The Blue Line Pub & Café Anchorage 1 6/17
Homestead Sports Lounge Eagle River 1 6/26
Matanuska Brewing Company Eagle River 2 6/26

Spurs Bar and Grill

(formerly Four Corners Lounge)

Palmer 3 6/23-6/27
Yukon Bar Seward 2 6/23-6/25


If you were in these businesses during the dates listed above:

  1. Stay away from people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  2. Watch for symptoms and check your temperature twice a day for 14 days after you were in one of the businesses during the dates listed above.
  • Symptoms, which can start up to 14 days after exposure, can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest pressure or tightness, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
  1. If you develop any of these symptoms, stay home, except to get tested as soon as possible. Information on testing in Anchorage and the rest of Alaska is available here.
  • You may be infectious to others for two days BEFORE and 10 days AFTER you get sick. Do not go to work or public places. You can easily spread COVID-19 before you feel any symptoms.
  • For more detailed instructions, see CDC’s What To Do If You Are Sick

“With the current surge in cases and related contacts, our public health tracing capacity is maxed out,” said Anchorage Health Department Director Natasha Pineda. “At this time, particularly at locations where physical distancing and use of face coverings are unlikely to occur, the number of contacts is too large and complex for traditional contact tracing.”

While this is a list of confirmed exposures, please remember that COVID-19 is spreading quickly throughout our community.

To help inform the public, AHD is developing an exposure notice webpage. AHD does not list informal gatherings. Some people confirmed to have COVID-19 did not share or remember all of their close contacts or public places they visited. Additionally, it typically takes 2-7 days before our team is able to learn where potential exposures have occurred.

Community members can help our public health nursing team by keeping a contact log, noting the days and times of the places visited and the people they came in contact with. The contact log helps with contact tracing in the event you become sick with COVID-19.

Keep yourself, your loved ones, your coworkers, your neighbors, our vulnerable population and frontline workers safe by staying at least six feet away from people outside your household or social bubble, wearing a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often for 20 seconds.

For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit www.muni.org/COVID-19.

For press inquiries, email carolyn.hall@anchorageak.gov and barry.piser@anchorageak.gov.

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Anchorage Community Briefing - mandating the use of cloth face coverings or masks in the Municipality of Anchorage

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