After six more hours of testimony, largely in opposition to a proposed mask mandate, the Anchorage Assembly will get another earful tonight, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.

Click the above image to watch Mayor Dave Bronson question the Assembly on why they think the daily COVID case counts have been in decline since Sept. 13, and this without a mask mandate in place.

Once again impassioned residents crowded into the Anchorage Assembly Chambers on Sept. 29 to testify against a proposed mask mandate that is supported by the Assembly’s left-leaning majority. The meeting ended at midnight with many more people scheduled to testify tonight.

Mayor Dave Bronson has been vocal in opposing the mandate. On Wednesday night he noted that the seven-day moving average for COVID case onset, both for the state and municipality, “has been decreasing significantly since September 13th.”

“My question is what mandate caused those decreases?” he asked the Assembly during the Sept. 29 meeting. Afterwards he answered his question through a Facebook post.

“The answer: None. Cases are going down without mandates. The Anchorage Assembly is proposing a mask mandate which will infringe on the individual rights of Alaskans.”

New COVID case counts in Anchorage have been steadily dropping since Sept. 13. Click the above link to read the latest data on the Anchorage website.

According to Anchorage’s daily case count report, which is posted on the city website, new cases have been in steady decline for the past two and a half weeks.

The mayor is urging residents to turn out for round three of public testimony.

“I encourage you to come out and let your voice be heard about the proposed mask mandate ordinance that violates our freedoms as Alaskans,” he stated.

Joining Bronson in opposing the mandate are Assembly members Jamie Allard and Crystal Kennedy. Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel (who is up for a recall election on Oct. 26) introduced a modified version of the mandate that would have empowered residents to take neighbors and local business owners to administrative court for alleged violations of the mandate. She pulled her version on Sept. 28.

If the Assembly opts to pass the current proposal, it would require Anchorage residents to masks when they are “indoors in public settings or communal spaces outside the home; or outdoors at large crowded public events.”

Residents pack the Anchorage Assembly Chambers on Sept. 29 to testify against a proposed mask mandate.

Limited exceptions are made for those who cannot tolerate a mask for physical or mental reasons or for those working in environments where masks pose a danger. The mandate does not apply to children under age five or to presenters, musicians and other communicators who are 10 feet from their audience – nor does it apply to certain “sanctioned” sporting events.

The onus of enforcement, however, falls to employers who must “deny admittance to any individual who fails to comply with this ordinance and shall require or compel removal of such individuals from the premises.” This includes city buildings which are under direct control of the mayor.

The mandate would remain in place until Dec. 31 unless otherwise lifted by the Assembly.


  • Click here to read the draft mask mandate ordinance.
  • Click here to email or call Anchorage Assembly members.
  • To contact Mayor Dave Bronson, call (907) 343-7100 or email
  • The public may submit written comments at There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony. It is on a first come basis. Click here for more information.

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Round three of public testimony on Anchorage mask mandate is tonight

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.


  • Scott says:

    Cowards. They are cowards. Meg Seig Heil Zalatel did not even have the courage to show her face at the meetings. Cowards that will face a reckoning! And, MASS NON COMPLIANCE IF IT PASSES FOLKS!

    • Evan S Singh says:

      I thought her absence was cowardly, but then I figured maybe she was rightfully afraid of a bullet from you weak, violent radical domestic terrorists.

      One of yours brought a handgun to the assembly chambers. Did you read that?

      • Proud Alaskan says:

        Evans your the weak, trying to take control. because your all sheep and can’t think for yourself.
        it’s an open carry state

  • Andy says:

    I sure as hell don’t appreciate someone forcing something on me or another person, its dammed BS. The way the assembly ran Anchorage when this all started is enough for me to see that whatever else they do was going to be just as disastrous if not more, sure enough, they are clearly on a roll. They have no right to tell me or anyone how to dress.

  • Burt says:

    Occupy the Assembly!

  • Ralph says:

    I will not comply!
    Civil disobedience is a civilian’s duty at this point.

  • nicole says:

    The Constitution does not have a clause that says our inalienable, God-given rights are suspended in the event of an “emergency.” This is an endless, manufactured crises being used to destroy our Constitution, individual liberties, livelihoods, and lives. It stops when We the People say “NO!” We Do NOT Consent. These criminal assembly members not only need to be brought to justice for violating their oaths, but held personally responsible for financial losses (just compensation) incurred by countless Anchorage residents as a direct result of their actions.

  • G Aleution says:

    They aren’t ready and aren’t livestreaming. What’s the problem? Holding out on the peeps again? Just another way to lock the people out of the process. Malfeasance. They should be removed for willful incompetence. Whose job is it to fully open the meeting to the entire public? She should be fired for this shouldn’t she? Are they balking at public servicer last, again? Anybiddy else want to represent the tippy top of the mountains there? Step up!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    This assembly is out of control.
    No mask wearing are shot for me any many others too.
    We need to agree to disagree plain and simple

  • Eva says:

    I think people need to learn what is really happening with the vaccines. If people that are vaccinated, carry 251 times the viral load compared to non-vaccinated people, and so become super spreaders of the virus, one can finally understand why we now, after mass vaccinations, have the number of cases climb! The inventor of the mRNA technology said himself, that the mutant strains are coming from the vaccinated people that are at first asymptomatic and sometimes get break through cases. If the inventor of this technology says, that we cannot vaccinate our way out of the pandemic, why is no one listening to him? It is again that money rules the world. Is anyone really interested in getting herd immunity? Each of us has to face the virus one way or another to get full immunity. The best way is to get healthy and reduce any kind of inflammation in the body. Covid thrives on inflammation in any part of the body, which explains why so many people with pre existing conditions have such a hard time fighting this disease.
    There are plenty of very useful strong anti- viral homeopathic medicines that help a lot to reduce the severity of the illness.
    10 ppm colloidal silver, oil of oregano, black cumin, ginger, garlic, turmeric, elderberry and many more. Even raw honey is
    great. Taking vitamins especially D,C and A are huge in helping getting over covid.
    And the big one, AVOID SUGAR !
    Maybe we can all wake up from being brain washed.

  • Jimmy says:

    The outcome has already been decided. I have two questions.
    Will you comply? For me that is a no
    For the police, what side will you be on? Just following orders is not an excuse for obeying an unlawful order. Ii have spoken to the men/women in blue at these assembly meetings. Most are conflicted. i back the blue but if they choose to enforce this mandate they will be as guilty as the socialists pushing this Orwellian agenda. It’s simple folks, this will not stop till we, the law abiding citizenry, says enough! I for one will not comply and any jack-booted brown shirt that tries to infringe on my God given rights will have a confrontation on their hands. That;s not a threat, that’s a promise.

  • Mike Spann says:

    I have read through quite a few previous comments. Here are Just a few of my thoughts. #1) Up front: I am against the ordinance/mandate that is currently going through public testimony.What emergency? This virus is a bio-weapon that was been released on the world. It was and is a political stunt with tons of outside money so democrats could get mass mail-outs in key cities and states for the election. So, referring back to masks, it is my opinion that they just do not work. I saw a gentlemen last evening around 10pm, give a pretty decent analogy of how mask don’t work. And, from personal experience, when I am near someone smoking, I can smell it. If you can smell it, the mask are not going to stop any viruses, which I heard are 50 times smaller than bacteria. It’s like throwing sand at a chain link fence. I heard someone else stating two nights ago, “With an over 99% recovery rate, there is no emergency and there is no need for any mandates.” Please do not misunderstand me, there have been many people who have suffered and died from this bio-weapon. Just as there have also been many people who have suffered and died from getting a jab that contains poisons like graphene oxide. The vaccines being rushed into existence do not operate as traditional biologics (vaccines) and are being falsely represented and regulated as such. Only COMIRNATY is FDA approved and is NOT currently available until I think 2023.???? “Various covid vaccines were rushed into existence and do not operate as traditional biologic vaccines and are being falsely represented and regulated.” See With EVERYTHING that is being shared from all venues, the three questions I have are: 1) “When are people going to start looking at the science and stop the madness?” Will Maricopa County, Will Fulton County, Will — you name the city? I’ll say Anchorage! Note: Maricopa County was given $3 Million Zuckerbucks before the election. But, no one knows who got it and what it was used for. And, 2) When will the medical professionals start living up to their hypocritical oath? Because hospitals current protocols are killing people everywhere. Having said that, I just read an article at “…for preventing physicians from providing life-saving treatments for their patients and suppressing open scientific discussion. The document stated that”one size fits all” treatment recommendations have resulted in needless illness and death.” Additionally, they shared that – “The declaration is a battle cry from Physicians who are daily fighting for the rights to treat their patience receive those treatments, without fear of interference, retribution or censorship by government, by pharmacies, by pharmaceutical corporations and big tech. We demand that these groups step aside and honor the sanctity and integrity for the patient-physician relationship. The fundamental maxim “First Do No Harm’, and the freedom of patients and physicians to make informed medical decisions.” It is noteworthy to state that as of 10:30am EST on 29 Sep, over 7200 Doctors and Scientists have signed the Rome Declaration. And, 3) When are we the people going to get our government like: assemblies; local government; state government; and federal governments back in line? What is it going to take folks? I’ll be bold enough to say, it’ll be a revolution. That’s a prediction, not a threat. Be careful what you ask for. God may just turn you over to a reprobate mind. My fear is that some already are. Check it out for yourselves – Romans 1:28, 2 Corinthians 13:5, and Titus 1:16 just to share a few.

    • kris spencer says:

      Strongly agree. It does no good to debate masks or viruses b/c ya won’t win. It’s really about Communism taking over the rest of the free world…we see it in Australia, Canada, some places in Western Europe. This is what I wish people would really address. (though a few at the meetings, did…not enough, though) Masks are merely a symbol of obedience and you can’t have large numbers of people going around in society signaling with their open face that they are not complying. For believers, wearing a mask is a lie. It lies about the state of your health. It lies that you are agreeing with fear…afraid of getting the virus. And it lies that you support the tyrants in their un-constitutional mandate. God is likely giving humanity one final chance to reject Him. Freedom is God’s idea. To be anti-freedom is to be anti-God. The mask and vax thing is simply about being able to ID ones foes and to punish them. I have a friend 22 year career in the AF who fortunately can retire honorably. But b/c he won’t take the jab, he won’t get any further pay or benefits after giving his whole life to serve our country.