Juneau orders Anchorage-like ‘hunker down’ but allows notable exceptions

    Juneau has followed Anchorage in adopting a nearly identical resolution mandating that nearly all people in the City and Borough of Juneau hunker down and remain home as much as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The orders take effect at 5 p.m., March 24, and remain until April 7.

    During this time, residents are required to stay at home except for the following reasons:

    All businesses and entities deemed “non-critical” must close their premises to the public but are encouraged to use work from home procedures.

    The ordinance allows some businesses to continue operating which might seem less obviously “critical” to the running of the capitol. These include recreational marijuana retailers, retail beverage stores, and restaurants, bars and breweries that provide delivery or carry out. The operation of labor unions and childcare centers were also given the green light.

    Businesses that remain open must take measures to minimize transmission of coronavirus by adopting stringent hygiene and disinfecting practices, maximizing social distancing and requiring sick employees to stay home.

    Like Anchorage, the Juneau definition of “critical” entities includes expected categories like healthcare, food manufacture and distribution, public works, construction, transportation, government operations and law enforcement. Also listed are auto shops, gas stations, educational and financial institutions, laundry and funeral services, hotels, outlets selling household products, and organizations providing food and shelter for those in need.

    Those who believe their company provides “critical” services, but were not included in the list, may petition the city manager.

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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