The municipality of Skagway moves closer to a mask mandate, small businesses will be eligible for local relief money, and the Dahl Memorial Clinic got a second ventilator. This is your Skagway Assembly recap.
An ordinance that would require cloth face coverings in all municipal buildings, including the school, passed its first reading at a Skagway Assembly meeting on Thursday. The assembly is scheduled to make a decision on the ordinance in two weeks at the next assembly meeting.
Residents wrote dozens of letters to the assembly. Most of them supported the ordinance. A pro-mask petition that seeks to expand the ordinance to all public buildings and spaces garnered hundreds of signatures. But not all Skagway residents are in favor of mask mandates.
“I realize that I represent more of a minority. And that’s okay. We have our rights too,” said Casey Sheridan. He said he doesn’t support a mask mandate because it would infringe on civil liberties. He said businesses should be able to choose whether or not to require them, for example.
“I don’t believe it’s the place of the government to keep me safe as much as it is to maintain our freedoms. And I know there’s plenty of you that do care about this, you just see it in a different way. And I respect that.”
Among those who supported