Hunters, take note: Joe Biden would mandate masks be worn on all federal lands, he said on CNN on Thursday. If he’s serious, that includes over 60 percent of Alaska. And he’d have fines for those who don’t obey.
“I would like to see the governors enforce mask wearing, period. I can do that on federal property. As president, I will do that. On federal land, I’d have the authority. If you’re on federal land, you must wear a mask, in a federal building, you must wear a mask. And we could have a fine for them not doing it. Look, this is about saving people’s lives. There’s no question that it saves people’s lives.”
Alaska has more federal land than any other state. Much of it is controlled by the Department of Interior through the Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Agriculture, through the National Forest Service.
It may be difficult for the Biden Administration to enforce the mask mandate in places like the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, or the Tongass National Forest. But Democrats in Congress have already introduced legislation that would make masks mandatory inside all U.S. government facilities and allow the federal government to deny service to anyone who doesn’t comply.