Critical Alert

Authorities in Alaska, US, continue to enforce coronavirus disease-related business and travel restrictions as of Oct. 7. 

Alert Begins 07 Oct 2020 08:15 PM UTC
Alert Expires 28 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

 

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Alaska 
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

 

Summary
Authorities in Alaska continue to enforce travel and business restrictions as part of the state's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as of Oct. 7. Under the current directives, all nonresidents entering the state must provide proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to departure for Alaska; they must then upload their test results to the Alaska Travel Portal. Alternatively, incoming non-residents may provide proof of a pending PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and remain in quarantine until the results arrive. Non-residents who arrive without the required proof of COVID-19 testing will be able to get tested locally at their own expense - paying a USD-250 fee - but must quarantine while awaiting the results. Alaska residents returning to the state have the option of a 14-day quarantine in lieu of testing; local COVID-19 testing is free of charge to Alaska residents. Persons testing positive must remain in quarantine for the duration of the illness.

All travelers are encouraged to wear facemasks, adhere to social distancing guidelines, and exercise proper sanitization practices.

Most COVID-19-related business restrictions have been lifted. All businesses, recreational activities, places of worship, museums, and libraries can open and sports activities resume without limits on the number of customers or participants. Large events, such as concerts or festivals, require permission from health authorities. Businesses are urged to continue using enhanced sanitation procedures and all residents must comply with social distancing guidelines. Authorities also encourage residents to wear protective face coverings when in public or close to others; persons who are ill are urged 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 for persons with critical needs or those engaged in providing essential services. In-person lessons in schools remain canceled.

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

 

Advice
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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