Wrangell’s assembly has postponed a decision whether to enact its own local quarantine rule and testing requirements for out-of-state visitors. A statewide mandate requires most travelers to spend two weeks in isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
But that rule is set to expire on Friday. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said the state would require visitors to carry proof they are coronavirus negative but many details remain to be worked out.
Wrangell City Manager Lisa Von Bargen said Tuesday night it’s unclear whether testing would be available at Wrangell’s airport later this week.
“In an attempt to be preemptive, we got this ordinance moving because we had no idea if the state was going to get in contact with us in time to put testing protocols in place for things to open up on Friday,” she says.
The Wrangell Assembly took no action Tuesday. It’s slated to revisit the issue at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Several members said they wanted to hear from the public before making a decision.