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Juneau Assembly passes quarantine for those coming to the Capital City

The Juneau City Assembly has passed a resolution mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for all people coming into the community, with vast exceptions for members of mainly government jobs that are considered critical.

Resolution 2886 A Resolution Mandating People Traveling into the City and Borough of Juneau Must Quarantine Related to COVID-19 exemptions include:

State workers, transportation and logistics, agricultural operations, including fishing and fish-processing, energy – including oil and gas production, critical manufacturing, raw material production for manufacturing, including mining and timber, water, wastewater and sanitation, government functions, public safety and first responders, healthcare and public health, financial services, communications and defense.

There was much left unclear about what happens if people come to Juneau for medical care or hospitalization, such as a pregnant woman in labor, or people coming into town to catch a flight or ferry to another community, but who are stuck due to weather or logistics and have to spend a night or more at a hotel. There is no exemption made for shoppers coming to town from Haines or Skagway who need to load up at Costco and return to their communities. [Clarification: That applies to those communities that have confirmed cases]. In fact, the scenario that passed the Juneau Assembly is a stunning impact on neighboring communities that consider Juneau the commercial hub.

There is no way to enforce the quarantine, noted Mayor Beth Weldon, who said the six police officers are already busy with their regular law enforcement duties.

There’s also no practical way to notify people from other areas in state and out of state to not come to Juneau. But for Juneauites, most residents are likely to comply on the honor system.

The motion passed 6-3 and is effective today at 11:59 pm. Assembly members Loren Jones, Wade Bryson, and Mayor Beth Weldon voted against it.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Up till now I have always read and trusted your reporting. No more. You might as well be the New York Times. If you had actually listened and digested what went on you would know that all your issues were addressed. Juneau takes its responsibility as the regional hub very seriously and we are always reaching out to help our neighboring communities. Medical needs, overnight travel, and all your gripes were all specifically addressed and are allowed for. We are simply asking that folks coming here from affected areas quarantine once they reach their destination here unless circumstances dictate otherwise. We gave specific exemptions to many catagories including legislative associated needs. Juneau is simply exercising common sense. Think about it. We don’t want to be the next Italy.

  • Now that Juneau has a case of COVID19, do people from returning to their hometowns from Juneau have to quarantine when they get back to Haines or Skagway? Asking for a friend.

  • Can they lock out the lobbyist and union members with their hand out?

  • Terrible Juneau, poorly done. You exempt too many causing much damage too select groups making Juneau look like it’s playing favorites/cronyism instead maybe a strongly word travel advisory would have been a better option.

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