Anchorage Assembly member Meg Zalatel is bringing a last-minute item to Tuesday’s agenda: Mandatory masks for all in Anchorage while in public places such as stores and restaurants.
A similar measure has failed twice, 5-6, in recent weeks. But last week Mayor Ethan Berkowitz indicated he is open to mandating face masks. The mandate proponents just need to flip one vote, and Must Read Alaska has learned they are going after Assemblyman Kameron Perez-Verdia for that vote.
Zaletel has “laid on the table” a resolution calling on Mayor Ethan Berkowitz to mandate masks via his emergency powers, which are granted by the Assembly. It’s not on the agenda but is expected to be raised during the meeting as a last-minute item, circumventing the ability of the public to be made aware or for opponents on the Assembly to gather their opposition arguments.