I applaud the Anchorage Assembly for their efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic with the 60-day mask mandate. This subject has become politicized and is no longer about what is the best for the people of the municipality. Since Mayor Dave Bronson has taken office, the COVID numbers have increased, and he has done nothing to alleviate the situation. The Assembly members, by acting, are helping to get things under control.
I recently returned from a month in Palm Springs. There is a mask mandate in California, and I had to show proof of vaccination to eat indoors at restaurants. Neither of these policies affected me. I felt safer in public knowing that controls were in place. The COVID rates in California are dropping and businesses are operating without other restrictions.
It’s time for everyone to realize that this disease is not going away. Our businesses will recover faster without worry of closure due to COVID outbreaks. We can control the disease with vaccines and using common sense. I look forward to the day I can be comfortable in public without a mask. Everyone cooperating and following health guidance can make this happen.
— Anne Habza
Have something on your mind? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to submit via any web browser. Letters under 200 words have the best chance of being published. Writers should disclose any personal or professional connections with the subjects of their letters. Letters are edited for accuracy, clarity and length.