Alaska Lawmaker Barred From Flying Over Mask Rules Has Covid
An Alaska lawmaker who was barred from Alaska Airlines flights after she defied a federal mandate requiring passengers to wear masks disclosed this week that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The lawmaker, Lora Reinbold, a Republican state senator who has also been a vocal critic of vaccine mandates, said on Facebook that she had been exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.
“It’s my turn to battle Covid head on… game on!” Ms. Reinbold wrote on Tuesday. “Who do you think is going to win? When I defeat it, I will tell you my recipe.”
Ms. Reinbold, 57, drew widespread attention in April after a video emerged of her arguing with employees at Juneau International Airport about the mask rule.
The exchange prompted Alaska Airlines to bar Ms. Reinbold from its flights, a decision that was later upheld. As long as the federal mask mandate is in place — it was extended until Jan. 18, 2022 — Ms. Reinbold will be banned from Alaska Airlines flights, the carrier said in an email on Thursday.
“The political ban is still in place as long as Biden’s illegitimate mask mandate is in place on private and public transportation,” she said.
In August, the Transportation Security Administration extended a face mask requirement at airports and on airplanes, commuter buses and trains through Jan. 18. Last month it doubled fines for travelers who refuse to wear masks in airports and on commercial airplanes.
Indoor activities. New York City requires workers and customers to show proof of at least one dose of the Covid-19 for indoor dining, gyms, entertainment and performances. Starting Nov. 4, Los Angeles will require most people to provide proof of full vaccination to enter a range of indoor businesses, including restaurants, gyms, museums, movie theaters and salons, in one of the nation’s strictest vaccine rules.
At the federal level. On Sept. 9,President Biden announced a vaccine mandate for the vast majority of federal workers. This mandate will apply to employees of the executive branch, including the White House and all federal agencies and members of the armed services.
Ms. Reinbold alluded to Alaska’s recent rise in infections and hospitalizations in her Facebook post.
“I plan to keep my promise to stay OUT of the hospital,” she wrote. “Some of them seem like scary places these days.”
In a subsequent Facebook post on Thursday, Ms. Reinbold said that her flulike symptoms — including a fever, muscle aches and a sore throat — were subsiding, but that she still had a mild cough and had not regained all of her energy.
“I believe there is a zero chance of me going to hospital,” she wrote.