Juneau drops its mask requirement for vaccinated residents

IGA Mask sign customer 2020 07 17
A customer wearing a mask heads into the Foodland IGA in Juneau on Friday, July 17, 2020. In December 2021, Juneau dropped its mask mandate for vaccinated people. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO).

Vaccinated Juneau residents are no longer required to wear masks indoors—though it’s still recommended. Juneau’s Emergency Operations Center dropped the city’s COVID-19 alert level to “moderate” Monday afternoon. It cited a drop in COVID-19 cases and increased hospital capacity as reasons for the change.

Private businesses can still require masks regardless of vaccination status. And masks are still required in all city buildings as well as on the bus.

77% of Juneau residents 5 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

All other cautionary measures are still in place. Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people or fewer. Bars, gyms, and waiting rooms are at 50% capacity. Restaurants must ensure social distancing between dining parties.

Claire Stremple

Alaska News Reporter, KTOO

I believe every Alaskan has a right to timely information about their health and health systems, and their natural environment and its management. My goal is to report thoughtful stories that inform, inspire and quench the curiosity of listeners across the state.

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