Alaska Courts order masks in court


Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel Winfree has ordered all who visit courthouses and court facilities in Alaska to wear face masks.

He also said that visitors may be required to undergo screening protocol with questions about whether the visitor has had flu-like symptoms, been ordered to quarantine, or been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Alaska has seen increased Covid-19 case counts and the prevalence of the Delta variant, Winfree wrote in his order.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people who live in an area of substantial or high coronavirus transmission wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. It also recommends vaccinated people with vulnerable household members, including young children and those who are immunocompromised, wear masks indoors in public spaces. The agency recently released information showing fully vaccinated people can spread the highly contagious Delta variant as readily as non-vaccinated people,” he wrote.

Court system officers or employees may exclude visitors who refuse to cooperate with this Order and those who fail the screening protocol, he said.

Winfree said judges may ask people to remove their masks for the purpose of “witness testimony, defendant identification, or making an appropriate record, provided that other protective measures are in place such as Plexiglas barriers.”

The number of Alaskans who are in the hospital with Covid is 100, as of this morning’s state report.


  1. Yep. It’s happening. Down here, Walmart, home Depot etc are masking up. People had their chance for freedom and get the shot but squandered it. Too late now. Already in motion.

    • Yes, Greg, and Florida has been doing JUST FINE, and no worse than the states with all the authoritarian, medical-fascist mandates, and better than most of them. As in fact has Texas, South Dakota, and multiple others which are also not virulently pro-medical-fascism.
      Face it, Greg, ‘the science’, as well as justice, logic and common sense, is not on the side of you cowering, fearmongering, authoritarian Branch Covidian cultists.

    • Yes, Greg, FL is on the front line. And we in AK would be wise to pay heed. I don’t often agree with you on many things, but here you are spot on.

    • Let’s just ignore that they’re letting in thousands of non-covid-tested immigrants through the southern boarder ever single day. That has nothing to do with higher covid numbers right?

  2. If the Court bothered to actually evaluate the “evidence” the CDC relies upon, they would reach a different conclusion. Never mind that the CDC has overstated the risk of break-through Covid among the vaccinated by 100 fold. But, not to worry, they all listen to NPR and read the New York Times – it’s all the “evidence” they need.

  3. When will Alaskans stop playing Make Believe that masks help anyone. They don’t.
    Stick with the real science, not Leftist control propaganda.

  4. I knew the freeloaders weren’t going to get off the Covid gravy train without a fight. Watch for more government office shutdowns & work from home edicts.

  5. Bottom line here is that the courts don’t want to close down again. There is already a 1.5 to 2 year backlog in trials. If jurors refuse to serve because of Covid, the courts will end up 4 to 5 years backlogged. It’s a mess.

  6. The courts know the science, that mass aren’t harmful. Carbon dioxide molecules as well as oxygen are way too small to be stopped by any fabric such as a mask. It’s not a plastic bag folks, you can still breathe. All it does is give the virus something to stick to we can slow down the transmission. Man I knew Alaska was in the Stone age but I didn’t think you were still this bad off.

    • “Follow the science” in reality is “follow the politics”. Jim Jones would be proud of you.

  7. Lunatics. Useless face covering to show obedience to false authority. What’s next, witch burnings?

    • What rock have you been hiding under the last year? Did you not see that transmission went down when everybody was wearing masks and was getting shots? If I tell you the sky is blue, will you argue with me that it is in fact black or will you argue that it is clear? It’s a well-known thing that masks slow transmission. If you don’t want to wear a mask then get a shot then at least you’re not going to die. People are showing up in the hospitals down here gasping for breath like a carp out of water with blood oxygen saturations at 50%. It’s too late for them. But spreading your lies it’s borderline criminal and shows no ethics for your fellow man. Go hide out in the woods like a hermit but don’t come out of those woods and make somebody sick.

        • Masks reduce the droplets that may contain the virus from spreading. Take your own test with your mask and try spitting and report back on how far your spittle traveled. Heheh!
          If you do this and still think “masks don’t work and have never worked,” then there is no hope for you. Ignorance is no excuse, of course, but still report back on how far your spittle traveled.

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