Anchorage’s Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson wielded her emergency powers on March 4 to issue a new emergency ordinance that eases some of the burdensome restrictions she has imposed on area residents, businesses and other entities since stepping into the mayor’s office last October.

Issued March 4, Emergency Ordinance 19 asserts that adherence to the acting mayor’s previous orders, coupled with the roll out of vaccines, has now made it possible for her to permit a “careful loosening of restrictions.”

At the same time, Quinn-Davidson warned that new variants of the virus are now in Anchorage and “a large majority of Anchorage is unvaccinated.” These realities, she says, make it “more important than ever that six feet of physical distance really is a full six feet, and that masks comprising multiple layers are worn properly.”

Beginning March 8, indoor gatherings involving food or drink will be limited to 25 people, and indoor events without food or drink may have 35 people. Outdoor events with food or drink are limited to 60. Without food or drink outdoor gathers can have up to 100 attendees.

The new ordinance allows spectators to watch sporting events, with limitations, and permits Anchorage athletes to compete against teams from outside the city, provided all participants complete pre-competition COVID testing.

Restaurants, bars and similar entities can open without size limitations if patrons maintain a six-foot distance between groups. The same applies to theaters, bingo halls and other entertainment facilities, including gyms and fitness centers.

Salons and personal care providers can open at full capacity with six feet separation and certain limits on services that require the removal of masks – like beard trimming.

Retail and other businesses must operate in a manner that allows physical distancing. Hotels and other places of lodging can operate so long as they inform employees and state officials if a COVID positive lodger is staying on premise.

In addition to fine and penalties, violations of the emergency ordinance may result in mandatory suspension of certain businesses or activities, or closure of individual businesses, non-profits and other entities.

Churches and political events are partially exempted from the emergency order, but must require masks of all participants, and everyone is ordered to maintain a six-foot distance between households.

Click here to read the complete ordinance.

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Acting mayor slightly eases COVID mandates while warning residents to wear multi-layered masks

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • G Aleution says:

    I haven’t needed a babysitter for over sixty years. Get over it. Learn the US Cobstitution and defend it.

  • G Aleution says:


  • G Aleution says:

    I haven’t needed a babysitter for over sixty years. Get over it. Learn the US Constitution and defend it.

    • Neocondom1 says:

      Unelected AQD’s greatest achievements include instantly putting ANC’s economy into a deep recession, and trying to cause much depression to spread among children and adults, whilst she is utterly afraid of the air around her head. It is an emergency, somehow, some way.

  • Neocondom1 says:

    Please understand that mandates from an Unelected Acting Mayor are not laws, regulations, city ordinances, etc. Please understand this is simply a woman from CA on a power trip, with her head in the clouds and rainbows; you cannot be arrested for ignoring Unelected Mayor’s wishes. I choose to stand in front of her empty Muni building daily downtown and smile. She works from home, telecommutes, pretends to work, etc.

  • Mongo Like Candy says:

    Screw her and the Commie Horse she rode in on!

  • Mark says:

    Liberal Lunatics applying Liberal logic to imaginary problems=Insanity

  • Catherine Fredericks says:

    Stick your mask where the sun don’t shine. It’s all bs. 67 years old and I make my own decisions. The constitution is my go to representative.

  • matsugirl says:

    Any day now, we will be informed in the news, that the Anchorage mayor has suffocated from wearing multiple layers of mask. Suicide by mask.

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      Your ARE Funny ! Masks will at least strain their thinking due to lack of oxygen, BEWARE of the zombies on their last steps of existence ! 🙂

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Here we go again wear your mask
    The Lame adn newspaper article yesterday front page headlines
    reads 8 times to wear your mask
    She not a real or elected mayor
    Vote or Recall this loser out
    Before it’s to late anchorage.


    how come she never has a mask on in these close photos? I’ve noticed a lot of politicians don’t wear them a lot, too (like Schumer leaning over to congratulate the president on the signing of a bill). Masks are a joke, mine says “this is total insanity” and I get a lot of positive comments on it, and a hateful stare only twice. PEOPLE, contact your assemblyperson and tell them to rescind these mask mandates and do so until they get tired of hearing from you. They only listen to those that scream and shout, so we have to start doing the same.

  • Jani says:

    If masks really work then why did they release inmates instead of just requiring masks them to wear masks?

    This whole mask mandate makes absolutely no sense except to exert Marxist Control over us.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Look around – the 97 % of people wearing masks are the ones who loaded the people on the railcars to go to the concentration camps – AND – they are the same people who were loaded onto the railcars.
    The time to fight and resist this tyranny is NOW!
    All it takes is a committed 3% to say unequivocally, “NO!”.

  • J Scott says:

    CDC says masks dont work. These child minded embarrassments to the grown-up world are perpetuating their own playland kingdom where no one’s the boss of them. This Assembly is right out of Idiocracy’s screenplay