ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The mayor of Alaska’s largest city turned down a proposed mask mandate in front of the Anchorage gathering, defending the use of yellow stars of David worn by people who opposed the proposal.
The hearing began Tuesday and is expected to continue Thursday, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
The proposal before the Anchorage Congregation says that people must wear masks in public indoor spaces and outdoors at major events
Mayor Dave Bronson could veto the proposal, but the Anchorage Convention could override it.
The suggestion comes as Alaska is seeing spikes in cases. State officials said the number of cases was up 42% compared to last week, and the state’s largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, has declared crisis standards of care that allow doctors to prioritize the standards of the cases .
Bronson called the proposed mask mandate “inconsiderate and ill-conceived” and said it was based on inconclusive science.
Some in the crowd wore yellow Stars of David that read “Don’t Obey” to show their opposition.
There were some objections to people who wore the stars. But Bronson said the star really means that within Jewish culture the message is “never again.” He added, “I think that we borrowed this from them is actually an honor for them.”