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‘Let us work!’ petition started to roll back mayor’s order closing restaurants

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An Anchorage hospitality worker says he can’t afford Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’ Emergency Order 15, mandating closures of bars and restaurants, as well as bingo halls for the next four weeks, starting today. Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Anchorage, Berkowitz moved to what he called a “reset” of the economy, which will put thousands of people out of work again.

The petition reads:

“Our economy is already struggling here in Anchorage and this huge hit to the hospitality industry will only further complicate this problem. Thousands of people will be affected by this mandate that seems to have no factual basis behind it. Please sign this petition to let Mayor Berkowitz and the city council know that this is not okay! I think I speak for the vast majority of hospitality workers when I say, “Let us work!” In an industry where many people are living paycheck to paycheck this is going to have severely negative implications on countless families. This is a complete overreach of local government that must be spoken out against!

By 11 pm Sunday, over 400 people had signed the petition, which can be found at this link.

Also, a protest is planned by Save Anchorage for Monday at 5:45 pm at the Loussac Library, to organize resistance against the mayor’s mandates.

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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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