Alaska Legislature extends virus screening at Capitol

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The contract for a medical safety company to test and screen everyone who enters the Alaska state capitol building has been extended by the Legislative Council.

The decision made last Wednesday will last at least through June 30.

The deal will add $1.5 million to pay for the contract. The first federal coronavirus relief bill could provide up to $4 million to pay for Capitol safety, Alaska Public Media reported.

The current policy requires everyone in the Capitol Building to wear masks in public spaces, have rapid coronavirus tests every four or five days and undergo temperature screenings when entering the building every day.

A discussion about a potential update on the current policy is scheduled to happen at the council’s next meeting. The date of that meeting has not been set.

The Associated Press