Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Wrangell’s assembly is considering requiring face masks in public in the near future.

The assembly is meeting remotely on Tuesday at the request of the city’s Emergency Operations Center. The EOC’s Dorianne Sprehe will discuss the increasing case count and a recent survey that showed more than 70 percent of residents were not opposed to requiring masks in Wrangell’s schools.

The topic is only flagged for discussion and the assembly is not expected to vote.

Juneau is the only major community in Southeast Alaska with a local mask mandate. Elected officials in Sitka and Ketchikan voted down face covering ordinances; Petersburg’s temporary mask ordinance has expired. 

The public meeting will be held on Zoom and by telephone. People can comment by registering with the borough clerk by 3 p.m. Tuesday. The phone number for the clerk is (907) 874-2381.

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