Anchorage’s acting mayor introduces emergency order that will increase in-person capacity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Municipality of Anchorage is putting in place a new emergency order that will allow restaurants to expand dine-in service capacity.
Since Jan. 1, Emergency Order-17 has allowed the dine-in service in Anchorage restaurants to resume, but only at 25% capacity. Jason Bockenstedt, chief of staff to Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, said Emergency Order-18 will change the capacity for bars and restaurants to 50%.
Emergency Order-18 goes into effect on Monday at 8 a.m.
“If you remember in the current order, the establishment must stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m.,” Bockenstedt said. “We’re going to extend that to midnight.”
Movie theaters and other entertainment venues are currently at 25% of the building’s capacity. Those are expected to also increase to 50% under the new order.
Emergency Order-18 states gyms, salons and personal care services and bingo halls are able to have a 50% capacity indoors.
Quinn-Davidson and her staff say the change in policy is the result of improving COVID-19 numbers around Anchorage.
“I can not emphasize how much of our time we spend brainstorming and speaking about ways to support these businesses and other interests during a challenging time,” Quinn-Davidson said.
Gathering limitations remain in place with indoor gatherings that involve food limited to 10 people, indoor gatherings without food are limited to 15, outdoor gatherings with food are limited to 30 people and outdoor gatherings without food are limited to 50 people.
“It looks good,” said Chris Schutte, the director of the Community and Economic Development Department. “We’re in a position to gently ease the foot off the brake even further.”
Organized sports are allowed to compete against other teams within the municipality but are closed to competitions with teams outside of Anchorage.
Details about Emergency Order EO-18 can be found here:
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