Opinion: Shut down the airport, or quarantine anyone who flies into Juneau

I read with great interest the article on KTOO’s website titled Physicians Object to Juneau’s Coronavirus Quarantine Exemptions. What’s terribly interesting is Coeur Alaska, the Kensington mine owner, saying that “ restricting the ability of our workforce to travel to and/or work at the mine would have severe unintended consequences for operations.” Kensington is a gold mine. The majority of the work force for Kensington fly in and out of Juneau on a two-week turn around. Where do they live? Why should they not have to follow the rules the rest of us are expected to live with? Is Coeur Alaska’s profit margin worth the potential community transmission of COVID-19 to any of you? Kensington is a mine run for profit, and our Assembly caved when Coeur Alaska yelled at them. Shut down the airport, or quarantine anyone who flies into Juneau. Otherwise, we are all of us, sitting ducks.

Toni Shattenberg

Juneau


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