Fairbanks Mayor comments on Governor’s new COVID-19 emergency declaration

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 6:11 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Governor Dunleavy’s new COVID-19 emergency declaration went into effect today. The order, which addresses things from suspension of regulations to critical infrastructure and interstate travel, went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning.

Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly spoke about the order, encouraging Fairbanksans to make changes to their holiday plans in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Matherly said that there is light at the end of the tunnel with new developments in therapeutics and vaccines, and encouraged people to follow the orders and do their part to slow the spread.

He also stressed that he isn’t saying not to celebrate the holidays but instead to consider having fewer people over and ensuring that no one who comes is feeling sick.

Matherly also addressed church services during the Holiday season saying, “I think that if you are uncomfortable being around large crowds even at church, then try to find an online for your church, and just don’t go if you feel uncomfortable. Talk to your pastor, talk to your associate pastor. But if you are going to go worship, go worship, I believe in worship and I believe that you worship with other believers and that’s the way it should be.”

Matherly encouraged anyone who is feeling sick to stay home and to go get tested.

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