Anchorage mask rule in effect after override of mayor's veto

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The governing body of Alaska’s largest city has overridden the mayor’s veto of an emergency order instituting a mask mandate for 60 days.

    Alaska Public Media reports the Anchorage Assembly on Thursday overturned Mayor Dave Bronson’s veto of the measure requiring masks by most everyone in indoor public spaces.

    The ordinance mandates people wear masks in indoor public places and communal spaces.

    It provides some exemptions.

    Businesses must deny entry to people who aren’t wearing masks.

    The order could be canceled earlier than 60 days if two of Anchorage’s three hospitals are not operating with crisis care protocols or if the city does not have a high transmission rate of COVID-19.

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