Numerous Democratic legislative staffers attended a Sham Jam fundraiser for an LGBTQ cause at the Red Dog Saloon on March 26, and have now “popped hot” for Covid. Thus, the House of Representatives has reinstated its mask requirement for the House Chambers. All members and staff must wear face masks, including when members rise to speak, Must Read Alaska has learned.
Sham Jam is an annual legislative fundraiser started by the late Sen. Johnny Ellis. It supports a different nonprofit each year. This year it is supporting the Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Beacon, the company that has the testing contract for the Legislature, has identified that as the super-spreader event.