Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Alaska, US, maintain travel restrictions for out-of-state visitors as of July 21. Most coronavirus-related restrictions eased.

  • Alert Begins: 22 Jul 2020 01:21 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 07 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Alaska (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel restrictions, some transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of July 21, authorities in Alaska are maintaining travel restrictions as part of the state's economic recovery plan due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the current directives, travelers from other US states or abroad will have several options to enter Alaska:

 

  • Travelers can enter the state if they have a negative result from a COVID-19 molecular-based test, taken within 72 hours before departure to Alaska.

 

  • Travelers can also enter the state if they have a negative result from a COVID-19 molecular-based test taken within five days before their departure to Alaska, and they undergo a second molecular-based test upon arrival. Travelers must limit interactions until the second test result is known.

 

  • In the above-mentioned scenarios, travelers must limit interactions until they receive the results from a final COVID-19 test taken between 7-14 days after their arrival.

 

  • Travelers can also take a COVID-19 molecular-based test upon arrival in Alaska and maintain quarantine until the results are known. If they test negative, they must still limit interactions until they take a second test, between 7-14 days after arrival. If they test positive, they must remain in quarantine for the duration of the illness.

 

  • Travelers can also enter Alaska without the need to self-quarantine if they have a previous positive COVID-19 molecular-based test, show no current symptoms, and have a note of recovery from a medical provider indicating their release from isolation.

 

  • Travelers who do not follow any of the previous options can enter the state but must self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival.

 


All travelers are encouraged to wear masks, maintain social distance, and enhance sanitation procedures.

Other restrictions remain unchanged. Alaskan officials moved the state into Phase 3 of its economic recovery plan May 22, lifting most business restrictions that had been in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. All businesses, recreational activities, places of worship, museums and libraries, and sports activities can resume without limits on the number of customers or participants. Large events, such as concerts or festivals, require permission from health authorities. Businesses should continue to impose enhanced sanitation procedures, and all residents must maintain a 1.8 meters (six feet) distance from others. Authorities also encourage residents to use face coverings when in public or close to others, and for people already sick to stay at home.

Intrastate travel is allowed between communities through the road or marine highway systems. Traveling off the road or marine systems is only allowed to those conducting essential services and people with critical needs. In-person lessons in schools remain canceled through the end of the academic year.

Some transport and business disruptions are likely. Officials could amend the orders on short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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