It turns out that a high vaccination rate does not always translate into more personal liberties after all. Despite being one of the most vaccinated areas in Alaska, mask mandates are back in Juneau.

Regardless of one’s COVID vaccination status, the City and Brough of Juneau’s Emergency Operations Center is once again requiring all people to cover their faces when they are in city and borough facilities. This includes city hall, swimming pools, libraries, museums and other locations that already mandate masks such as public transportation, the airport, schools and the local hospital.

Juneau officials are citing concern about an uptick in COVID cases over the past two weeks (July 4-18), during which time 54 people tested positive for the virus. The borough still considers that a “minimal” risk, according to its website, and hospital capacity and public health capacity are both deemed “stable.”

Juneau also has one of the highest percentage of vaccinated residents in the state at 73%. Nevertheless, the local government will mandate masks, and “encourage” everyone – vaccinated and non-vaccinated, to revert once again to covering their faces in indoor spaces like grocery stores, restaurants, bars, gyms, and other indoor areas. The local government is also advising small social bubbles, outdoor socializing and social distancing.

Of the 54 new cases, 19% came from one cruise ship where 16 people tested positive and nine are now deemed “recovered.”

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Despite ‘minimal’ risk and high vax rates, Juneau reimposes mask mandate

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.


  • Vonda Sanders says:

    Glad I dont live there!

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Nope and if they try to arrest me im carrying it to the next level. I will NOT be your slave. The people in juneo need to REFUSE to cooperate with this communist and not to mention UNCONSTITUTIONAL mandate! But sadly there are alot of libtards in that city so they will probably get away with using their NAZI tactics on the people there

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    There’s more sheep in Juneau. Ok sheep now walk to the waters edge, keep going it ok.
    Do as we say not as we do
    It’s all madness, No mask wearing for me. Wake up Alaska winter is coming. It the Flu season all over again.
    When will this madness end. We need to stand up to these, control Freaks.
    It’s my life you can go hide behind your mask wearing. But stop trying to tell me how to live my life.
    Juneau is such a cesspool

  • Jen says:

    You do know if feeling sick you don’t need to go get a covid19 test? You can stay home drink water, take zinc and tonic water. Regularly take deep breaths and exhale. Try not to get scared. covid19 worsens if your stress levels go up because of your fears.
    What the state can’t report, they can’t hold agianst us what they don’t know!

    • Jen says:

      Alaskan gotta work together on this one. Quit the self reporting through covid tests.
      This way we save ALL our jobs both government and private sector.

  • NAV says:

    The issue is conformity to compliance the Biden administration is going to lock down the country come August/ September and Dunleavy is 100% behind the lie!!!
    copy and past in your browser see the lie!!!

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    So within 18 months 73% of Juneau residents will be dead. This won’t be good for home values.

  • G Aleution says:

    Are they obliged to wear N95 masks? They are the only ones which are effective for this purpose evidently? If not why not? What is more important than health?

    • Michael S Totten says:

      Negative. Only the M40 with the charcoal filter is effective against a virus. The mask has to form a complete seal around your face and the military m40 is the only mask that will do that.

  • Andy says:

    LOL, that’s what happens when you are the capital of Alaska, you follow CNN’s recommendation! Note to Juneau: Turn off the TV, you’re all gonna be fine.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    It’s Juneau: in Alaska, but not really Alaska- sorta like Anchorage. So there is that…
    I expect Juneau to be flaky and big government.

  • Mike Wheeler says:

    Get some real information…

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Covid theater.
    Neo-Marxists enjoying the Pavlovian response when the sheeple follow their directives- no matter how baseless and senseless they are.
    Don’t get the vaccine – it’s hasn’t been vetted properly. It’s not worth the risk for a truly benign flu bug.

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      My mother, in California, took the Merck vaccine a month ago. Her rheumatoid arthritis flared up so bad that her wrists became to weak for her to use her walker correctly. 5 doctors, including her rheumatologist, told her there are a LOT of people having this problem. It also hit her toes (where she had never had the arthritis). So, she fell flat on her face last week, broke an arm, has bleeding in the center of her brain, and has now had at least 2 strokes. They are crazy if they think I am going to get any of these vaccines; which don’t seem to be working anyway (why was Kamela Harris rushed to the hospital after meeting with the Texas dems of which at least 6 just tested positive, all after receiving the vaccines; and I know that the vaccines don’t protect one from getting the virus but are supposed to make the symptoms less serious)? Why weren’t these dems wearing masks on their chartered airplane? Do as I say, not as I do. Fauci doesn’t even wear one unless he’s on camera. These mask mandates mean nothing, most people don’t wear the proper masks anyway, including the N95 masks.

  • Sharon Turner says:

    Juneau- a suburb of Seattle; clearly ignores obvious science of “masks never, ever keep out “virus” , work minimally against Bacterium.. So only one reason to ‘force’ the sheeple.. Power of totalitarianism.. Welcome to the Neo-Gulag. You get what you “allow” .. What are you willing to do for your Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms? great grandma

  • Andy says:

    Avoid the VAX like the plague, there are more deaths from it then is being reported. It has a new name, “clotshot”

  • NAV says:

    Want facts follow link copy paste in your browser.

  • Ralph says:

    Juneau is to Alaska as California is to the lower 48s.
    Liberal, progressive, Democratic, anti-constitutional, against the people Trash Dump.
    F-Juneau and the puppets.
    Move Alaska’s Capital so the people can actually protest. They want to keep their safe space so I don’t expect it to ever happen…