Juneau Assembly decides not to create local travel quarantine

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The Juneau Assembly decided not to create a local 14-day quarantine for travelers at a special meeting Wednesday

The proposed ordinance would have applied to any residents, workers or visitors arriving at the Juneau International Airport from out of state. 

But a new state health mandate that goes into effect Saturday essentially does the same thing, unless visitors test for COVID-19 before their trip. 

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced last week that the state’s previous 14-day quarantine for new arrivals would end this week. The Assembly decided adding a local quarantine on top of that wasn’t necessary.

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The Juneau Assembly will hold a virtual special meeting tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss an emergency ordinance establishing a local 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in town from out-of-state.

The Assembly discussed the ordinance at meetings last week and on Monday, but was waiting on additional guidance on Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s statewide 14-day quarantine mandate, which is set to expire Friday.

Gov. Dunleavy plans to hold a press conference Wednesday at 5 p.m. to discuss updates. It’s not clear if that will give the Assembly enough information to make a final decision on the ordinance.

The meeting will be streamed via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. You can also watch below.

Details about how to participate in the meeting can be found online.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the new statewide travel mandate goes into affect Friday. 

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