Juneau’s community risk level to rise on Friday

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, the City and Borough of Juneau will be raised to a modified Level 3 High risk level.

    All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in indoor public places as well as in outdoor settings where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

    Juneau Emergency Operations Center Incident Commander, Mila Cosgrove, said in a release that the center does not take lightly the decision to place more mitigation requirements on the community and businesses. "This masking requirement is an attempt to prevent continued case count activity while having as light a touch as possible on our local economy and activities. This updated requirement is in line with the CDC’s guidance that masks be worn by all individuals in indoor settings in areas with high transmission of COVID-19. The State of Alaska has issued similar guidance,” she said.

    According to a release by CBJ, All other mitigation measures will remain the same with Indoor gatherings limited to 50 people unless a COVID-19 mitigation plan is submitted and approved by the CBJ Emergency Operations Center.

    Indoor service at bars must not exceed 50% capacity. Restaurants are strongly recommended to reduce capacity to ensure physical distancing between parties and are recommended to require reservations. Delivery and curbside pickup is also encouraged.

    Personal service businesses must require appointments and no waiting areas.

    Gyms are limited to 50% capacity.

    All travelers are recommended to either take a pre-travel test or a free COVID-19 airport test. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid indoor public areas and crowded locations until they get a test result and return to the airport for a follow-up test in 5-14 days.

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