A new version of the Anchorage mask ordinance that has been proposed by Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel has a new twist: To enforce the mask mandate for all over the age of 2, Zaletel proposes a citizen-led enforcement provision.
In other words, if code enforcers are not available or are not conducting surprise visits to businesses or private parties or events, citizens can report infractions of the ordinance, and take offenders — say birthday partiers or store owners — in front of an administrative hearing officer to address the alleged violations.
The Zaletel enforcement plan turns customers into enemies and neighbors into mask narcs.
Zaletel is plowing forward with her proposed universal mask mandate for Anchorage, and in her “S version” of her ordinance, she also says that she wants it clear that even vaccinated persons must comply with the masking requirements, but that those engaged in a select number competitive sports will not have to wear a mask — for instance, wrestling, swimming, and diving.
The Anchorage Assembly will take up the Zaletel mask ordinance on Tuesday at the 5 pm meeting that takes place at the Loussac Library.
The leftwing majority of the Assembly has supported the ordinance, as introduced on Sept. 20 at a secretive meeting the Assembly had in a small conference room in City Hall. Poorly noticed to the public, several citizens attended after learning of the meeting through Must Read Alaska.
Assembly members Meg Zaletel and Pete Petersen are sponsoring the ordinance, with Zaletel, who is an attorney, taking the lead on it.
The actual addendum referred to in the memo above has not yet been released by Zaletel or the Assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance, which is very unusual. It’s apparent this addendum is being held back from public view. There are two other “S” versions, with unknown amendments.
Original ordinance, without amendments is at this link: