The City and Borough of Juneau lowered its COVID risk level to Moderate on Feb. 9, 2022. (Screenshot)

The City and Borough of Juneau lowered its COVID risk level to Moderate on Feb. 9, 2022. (Screenshot)

City lowers risk level to Moderate

Masks are still mandatory indoors or in crowded public areas for the unvaccinated.

With cases trending downward steadily since mid-January, the City and Borough of Juneau has lowered its COVID risk level from modified high to moderate.

The only tangible change in lowering the risk level will be for masking requirements, according to the city’s risk level chart.

“Due to sustained declines in COVID-19 cases in Juneau, improvements in workforce capacity, and the increasing availability of therapeutics to treat high-risk cases of COVID-19, the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is reducing the overall community risk to Level 2 Moderate,” stated a City and Borough of Juneau news release.

The unvaccinated are still required to be worn in public indoor areas, as well as outdoors for crowded events. Vaccinated residents are encouraged but not required to mask up during those circumstances as well.

Businesses and organizations may also continue to require masking in their facilities, as the city has done, according to the city. Indoor gatherings are capped at 50 people or 50% of capacity, whichever is greater, according to the city guidelines, though there are no limits if all present are vaccinated.

However, bars, the waiting rooms of personal services and gyms are limited to 50% capacity.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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