A sign downtown encourages residents to wear a face covering while in public spaces. The city announced on Tuesday it will be relaxing masking mitigation measures in spaces where people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

A sign downtown encourages residents to wear a face covering while in public spaces. The city announced on Tuesday it will be relaxing masking mitigation measures in spaces where people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

City lowers risk level, restrictions ease

Changes for masks and distancing requirements.

Juneau’s community risk level is lowering, the city announced.

As of Wednesday, May 12, the city’s risk level will be at Level 1b —minimal, which means changes to local mitigation measures, the city said in a news release.

In late April, City and Borough of Juneau adopted tiered mitigation strategies that take CBJ’s vaccination rate into consideration.

[CBJ adds flexibility, adopts tiered COVID mitigation strategies]

At the new risk level, masks will be required in public areas when unvaccinated people may be present —except for state-operated facilities and buildings —and outdoors in crowded events. People who have not been vaccinated must where masks outside if they are within 6 feet of others.

Indoor gatherings will no longer be limited to 100 people. If all people are vaccinated, then there are no requirements for gathering size, masks or social distancing. If unvaccinated people are present masks are required and gathering size must be limited so that 6 feet of space can be maintained.

People must maintain 6 feet of space at restaurants and bars, and parties or tables must wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking.

If all people at personal service locations and gyms are vaccinated, there are no longer requirements for capacity, masks or distancing. If unvaccinated people are present, masks are required and capacity must be limited to maintain distancing.

As of Tuesday, 59.2% of Juneau’s total population and 73.3% of its vaccine-eligible population had received at least one dose of vaccine and 55.3% of the population and 68.5% of the eligible population had completed a vaccine series. That compares to 51.8% of the state’s population 16 and older who have received at least one dose and 46.1% of the state who are full vaccinated, according to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

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