Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson said today there is no more Covid-19 emergency in Anchorage, and so she has officially ended the emergency order.
She said the rates of Covid-19 have dropped and vaccinations are on the rise. Although the pandemic is not over, there is no more need for the mayor’s formal emergency powers, she said. During the rest of her administration, which ends July 1, the municipality will continue to encourage people to mask up indoors and to get vaccinated.
She did not mention whether the Municipality would continue to enforce masking in its facilities. The Assembly enforced mask mandates for the Assembly, but a resolution on the agenda removed that mandate later in the meeting at the Loussac Library. Members of the public were also prohibited from entering the chambers because the Assembly is enforcing spacing requirements it has in place.
In late April, the Assembly removed some of the mayor’s emergency powers, making today’s announcement anticlimactic.
Quinn-Davidson will be acting mayor until July 1, when Dave Bronson is sworn in.