Berkowitz prohibits food and drink service in Anchorage bars and restaurants due to coronavirus emergencyAnchorageMayor Ethan Berkowitz on Monday announced a prohibition on dine-in service for food or drink at bars, breweries and restaurants through March 31 in response to the coronavirus emergency.The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. today. It still allows for takeout and delivery services and does not apply to grocery stores.Here’s the full text of the release:ANCHORAGE — Today, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced additional public health measures to protect Anchorage residents against COVID-19.Restrictions and Closures: Bars, Breweries, Restaurants and Entertainment FacilitiesMayor Berkowitz signed Emergency Order EO-01, which regulates bars, breweries and restaurants in order to preserve public safety and welfare. Starting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, dine-in service for food or drink at bars, breweries and restaurants will be prohibited until 11:59 p.m. on March 31. All buffets and salad bars will be closed to self-service. Drive-thru, take-out, and delivery services are allowed. This restriction does not apply to grocery stores.In addition to these restrictions, all entertainment facilities including theaters, gyms, and bingo halls will be closed starting at 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 16 until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. All buffets and salad-bars will be closed to self-service.“By making sacrifices now, we reduce the likelihood that we will pay a larger cost later,” said Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. “These closures are consistent with CDC recommendations and with our strategy of doing what we can to reduce the possibility of transmitting COVID-19. As a friend told me, ‘It will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be quite apparent if we underreacted or did too little’.”Banning all gatherings with more than 50 peopleThe Mayor’s Emergency Order includes a ban on all events and mass gatherings with 50 people or more starting at 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 16 until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.Municipal Employees to Implement Social Distancing PracticesBeginning Tuesday, March 17, the Municipality will institute additional social distancing measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to Municipal employees. This includes increased use of tele-work practices, staggering shift times for certain departments and increased use of videoconference technology.These measures do not impact police or fire services.
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March 18 - Chamber Lunch Forum - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - CANCELLED
March 24 - Signature Event: Excellence in Education Awards - POSTPONED
April 1 - Chamber Lunch Forum - Fair Share AK - TBD
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