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COVID-19 Health Mandates

There are a few things we strongly advise all Alaskans do to minimize the risk of COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask when around others
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible
  • Keep your interactions and circles small when possible.
  • Even for mild symptoms get tested.
At this time the State of Alaska does not mandate the general use of masks, limit group size, or business operations, but does encourage Alaskans to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Does the State of Alaska mandate the use of masks by the public?

No. The state does not require the use of masks by the public, however health and science experts recommended that you wear a mask in public where social distancing is challenging to reduce the likelihood that you unknowingly spread COVID-19. 

Can a business or entity require masks?

Yes. Private companies and entities can enact their own requirements. 

Does the State of Alaska require masks in State of Alaska facilities?

Yes. On July 22, Governor Dunleavy ordered that: “All employees, contractors, and visitors to State of Alaska facilities must wear a facemask if social distancing of at least six feet or more between individuals cannot be maintained. This applies to entryways, hallways, stairwells, elevators, enclosed parking areas, and personal offices where a six-foot distance cannot be exercised.”

Can a local community have more restrictions than the state?

Yes, check with local communities as it pertains to non-essential travel off of the road system. Alaska has many small and remote communities that lack a robust healthcare system and they may restrict non-essential travel. View local and borough websites here.

Health Mandate 018: Intrastate Travel

Updated: June 5, 2020
Expiration: Until Rescinded 

In-state travel is allowed for all purposes, however local communities may enact their own requirements and rules for travelers. Always check borough and city orders before departing on travel. 

Health Mandate 017: Protective Measures for Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels

Updated: May 27, 2020
Expiration: Until Rescinded 

Health Mandate 017 details the measures that independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaska waters or ports must adhere to while participating in the 2020 fishing season. 

Health Mandate 015: Services by Health Care Providers

Updated: June 17, 2020
Expiration: Until Rescinded 

Health Mandate 015 provides guidance for health care professionals on safely providing elective health care services while preventing the spread of COVID-19. This mandate also provides PPE guidelines for health care practices. 

Health Mandate 014: Non-Congregate Sheltering Order

Updated: April 23, 2020
Expiration: Until Rescinded 

Health Mandate 014 details the State of Alaska’s quarantine and isolation program for first responders, health care workers, homeless families, and homeless individuals. 

Health Mandate 010: Interstate and International Travel

Updated: October 15, 2020
Expiration: Until Rescinded 

Health Mandate 010 gives clear requirements for all travelers arriving in Alaska from another state or country. These new requirements go into effect on Friday, October 16, 2020.   For more details visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers

For all travelers (resident and nonresident):

  • Complete a Travel Declaration Form and Self-Isolation Plan in the Alaska Travel Portal.
  • All travelers with negative results must still follow strict social distancing for 5 days after arriving into the state.
  • The five-day pretest option is no longer available for any travelers.

For nonresident travelers:

  • Test 72 hours before departure.
    • Upload negative result into the Alaska Travel Portal or have results available to show screeners at the airport.
    • If still awaiting results by arrival time, travelers will need to upload proof of a test taken into the Alaska Travel Portal or show that proof of a test taken to an airport screener and self-quarantine, at their own expense, while waiting for results. The results must be uploaded into the portal when received.
  • If a nonresident arrives without a pre-test, testing is available for $250 per test. The traveler will be required to quarantine while waiting on results.
  • The 14-day quarantine option is no longer available for nonresident travelers.

For Alaska resident travelers:

  • Test 72 hours prior to departure, with the same rules as listed for nonresidents.
    • Testing at arrival remains available at no cost to Alaska residents.
  • The 14-day quarantine option is still available to Alaska residents.
  • Alaska residents traveling within the state will now have the option of free testing at the airport sites, to prevent bringing the virus into our small communities.
  • Proof of Alaska residency can be shown with one of the following:
  • Alaska driver’s license or state issued ID card.
  • Federally recognized Alaska Tribal identification card.
  • Active duty military ID card or active duty dependent ID card.
  • Employment verification letter on employer letterhead or school verification letter for in-person schooling stating traveler is moving to Alaska for employment or school.

For critical infrastructure employees:

  • Travel that is deemed essential or for critical infrastructure, as previously defined in Health Mandate 10, will continue as it has under existing guidance.
  • Critical infrastructure workers traveling to Alaska will no longer be able to use state-funded testing at airports.
  • Critical infrastructure companies and organizations will be asked to provide employees with a letter on company letterhead that states they are a critical infrastructure worker traveling for work purposes. These letters must include travel plans and confirm that the traveler is following the employer’s Community Workforce Protect Plan on file with the state that includes testing and/or quarantine provisions.

Health Mandates 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 011, 012, 013, 016 have expired, been superseded, or rescinded and are no longer valid

Frequently Asked Questions on Health Mandates

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