Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Assembly Monday night approved an amendment to the emergency COVID-19 ordinance, effectively ending the $250 testing fee for non-resident travelers.
According to Deputy City Manage, Mila Cosgrove, this does not mean the city will be footing the bill for nonresident tests; the state pays for them.
They also tried to clear up any confusion that the ordinance creates, by devising language that mirrors the state’s health advisories.
One such change is for vaccinated travelers.
So now, Juneau’s wording is the same as the state’s health advisory: people who have been fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks in advance should follow pre-travel testing protocols but do not need to strictly social distance when they are waiting for their test results
Another amendment changed the ending date to May 1, instead of the original May 26.
This was directly following public comment from community members who are directly involved with Juneau’s tourism industry and spoke to the fact that the ordinance in place is causing independent travelers to take Juneau off their summer list.