The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be releasing an interim ruling on whether to revoke or delay an alaska business licence after a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 400 people in the state, and forced many others to move to the US.
The state will be allowed to reopen only for business, and not to engage in other types of activities.
But the final decision, due by the end of the month, will be based on the public comment period.
Bill Walker told ABC News he is hopeful the EPA will rule in the business license revocation case, which was filed by the city of Fairbanks and its insurer.
It was not immediately clear if other states will be impacted by the ruling, but Walker said the state will remain “very vigilant” against coronaviruses.
“The good news is that we’re going to be able to reopen businesses in our state, we’re not going to have to close businesses in other states, and we’re continuing to work with our insurance company and the state of Alaska to do that,” he said.
But he added that the state may not have to reopen in time for the holiday season.
“We’ll be working very hard to get the licenses back in as quickly as possible,” Walker said.
The Alaska Corporation Commission is in charge of enforcing state laws, including the COVID and air pollution rules.
The decision comes as Alaskans are beginning to experience more air pollution and other problems from coronaviroids, including respiratory infections linked to COVID.
The coronaviral pandemic has killed hundreds of people in Alaska, including many who have recovered from COVID after being treated at the state’s hospitals.
More than 2,000 people have died in Alaska since the beginning of the pandemic.
The agency said it had found no conclusive link between COVID outbreaks and increased health costs, but it did say coronavviruses have been linked to illnesses such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, and bronchial asthma.