The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, issued an order Friday requiring people to wear face coverings in public.
The order will go into effect at 8 a.m. Monday morning local time.
“Unfortunately, not enough people are practicing the distancing needed to keep the curve flat, so we have a choice between doing nothing, hunkering down, or masking up,” Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said in a statement.
Anchorage has experienced a significant increase in new cases over the past week, according to the city’s health department. Officials say some of the cases come from non-residents who are in the state as seasonal workers in the seafood industry.