Requirements for mask and COVID-19 test lapse for Alaska State Capitol
Requirements for mask and COVID-19 test lapse for Alaska State Capitol

Requirements for mask and COVID-19 test lapse for Alaska State Capitol





A masked woman is waiting in the stairwell of the Capitol in January 2021. On Wednesday, the Legislative Council voted to make masks and COVID-19 optional for lawmakers and others working in the building. (Rashah McChesney / KTOO)

Lawmakers and others working in the Alaska State Capitol are no longer required to wear masks and be tested for COVID-19. Alaska Legislative Council voted to remove the mandates on Wednesday.

the advice necessary stitches the whole regular session last year, but made masks optional during the four special sessions. That reinserted the mandate at the start of the session this year.

The Capitol was closed to the public from 13 March 2020 till June 16, 2021. But it has been open since then.

Cases in Juneau and throughout Alaska have fallen steeply since the session started.

The rules will continue to require those who test positive for the virus to isolate themselves. Individual legislators may continue to require masks in their offices.

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