“The Day of Reckoning” is headed to Anchorage on Saturday, Dec. 19, when Alaskans plan to flood Anchorage businesses that have been severely crippled by the citywide lockdown. The planned event in direct response to Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson’s emergency COVID mandates that have destroyed much of the local economy.
Save Anchorage, which boasts more than 9,000 Facebook followers, is promoting the event on their site with a rolling countdown to Dec. 19.
“Support small businesses being affected by the tyrannical shutdown,” a notice states.
The goal is to support all local businesses that are willing to open in whatever capacity. There’s not much more information than that, as some business owners may be putting their livelihoods on the line by opening up. People are being encouraged to approach Dec. 19 as a scavenger hunt to find and back business owners who are attempting to stay above water financially.
Anchorage is currently under shutdown orders that include the shuttering of all in-door service for bars, restaurants, diners and other eating establishments. It also completely closes theaters, bowling allies and entertainment venues, while allowing day cares and day camps to operate at full capacity. Most other businesses must limit customers to 25% of the building’s capacity.
Quinn-Davidson’s order also severely limits gatherings, both private and public, and requires religious groups to operate at 50% capacity.
An organized rally is set for the same day. It begins just outside Palmer starting 2 p.m. at the park and ride parking lot on Trunk Road (across from Mat-Su Regional Hospital). From there participants will drive to Anchorage to patronize restaurants and area shops.
“’We the People’ stand with all those business owners and employees who are barely hanging on,” a notice for the rally states. “We hear you and we are going to continue to fight for you!”
Another event Saturday is for those who oppose the direction Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera has taken the city by empowering the acting mayor to continue shutting down the economy. Residents who live in Assembly District 4 can sign a petition to recall Rivera at Duane’s Antique Shop (1233 E. 76th Ave.) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.