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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. 

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Expiration: Until Rescinded 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Expiration: Until Rescinded 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Expiration: Until Rescinded 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Expiration: Until Rescinded 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: June 3, 2020
Expiration: Until Rescinded 

Health Mandate 010 gives clear requirements for all travelers arriving in Alaska from another state or country. All travelers must provide a qualified negative COVID-19 test, participate in a test once arriving in Alaska, or quarantine for 14 days. For more details visit:

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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