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COVID-19 Health Mandates

Issued By: Governor Mike Dunleavy

Health mandates are orders issued by Governor Mike Dunleavy, Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum, and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.
Health mandates must be followed.

Learn More about the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.

Issued: May 11, 2020
Updated: June 5, 2020

By:      Governor Mike Dunleavy; Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska issued its eighteenth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

 

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska issued Mandate 018, to go into effect May 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM, and it remains in effect until amended, superseded, or rescinded.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. By issuing this Mandate, the Governor continues to establish consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve, disrupting the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this Mandate is to clarify and centralize all requirements related to intrastate travel, to increase the ability of individuals within Alaska to travel, while still working to provide sufficient mitigation factors to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

This Mandate supersedes Mandate 012, Attachment B, and Mandate 016-Attachment M.  

At 8:00 a.m. on May 12, 2020, intrastate travel is permitted under the following conditions and guidance:

 

Definitions for purposes of this Mandate:

  1. “Road System” is defined as any community connected by a road to the Seward, Parks, Klondike, Richardson, Sterling, Glenn, Haines, or Top of the World Highways.
  2. “Marine Highway System” is defined as any community served by the Alaska Marine Highway System or the Inter-Island Ferry System.
  3. “Critical Personal Needs” is defined as those needs that are critical to meeting a person’s individual or family needs. Those needs include buying, selling, or delivering groceries and home goods; obtaining fuel for vehicles or residential needs; transporting family members for out-of-home care, essential health needs, or for purposes of child custody exchanges; receiving essential health care; providing essential health care to a family member; obtaining other important goods; and engaging in subsistence activities.
  4. “Essential Services/Critical Infrastructure” is defined as businesses included in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A).

 

Intrastate Travel Between Communities Located On The Road System or The Marine Highway System is permitted for all purposes. Note: travelers may travel between the Road System and Marine Highway System communities via any normal means of transportation, including vehicle, boat, ferry, aircraft, and commercial air carrier.

 

Intrastate Travel Between Communities Located Off The Road System or The Marine Highway System Is Permitted, but subject to local travel restrictions.

 

  1. Local communities may enact travel restrictions, but cannot require automatic quarantine or measures that prevent travel for:
    1. Critical Personal Needs
    2. The conduct of Essential Services/Critical Infrastructure

General Requirements

    1. No one traveling to or from any community for Critical Infrastructure/Essential Services reasons or Critical Personal Needs travel may be subject to any automatic quarantine or isolation on arrival, except as allowed under Alaska Statutes or Health Mandates.
    2. Air carriers, ferries, and other travel-related businesses have no duty to verify that intrastate travelers meet the criteria for permissible travel under this Mandate. Air carriers shall inquire if travelers are permitted to travel under this Mandate and shall rely upon a traveler’s assurance that they are eligible to travel.
    3. All businesses, whether Essential Services/Critical Infrastructure or non-essential/non-critical, that have staff traveling between communities, must file a protective plan with akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com. The plan should outline how the business will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger lives in the communities in which the business wants to operate, endanger others who serve as a part of the business community, or endanger the ability of critical infrastructure to function. If you have already submitted a plan pursuant to a prior Health Mandate, you do not need to submit another plan. Visit https://covid19.alaska.gov/unified-command/protective-plans/ for guidance.
    4. Alaskans should refer to other Health Mandates and guidance as necessary and appropriate.

Precautions while traveling:

  1. Travelers should take appropriate protective measures while traveling, such as wearing cloth face coverings, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently.
  2. Detailed guidance and advisories on how to minimize the risk of spread can be found at https://covid19.alaska.gov/reopen

***This Health Mandate Supersedes Mandate 012, Attachment B, and Mandate 016-Attachment M.**

Issued: April 23, 2020
Updated: 5/27/2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its seventeenth health mandate, based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the ongoing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska issued Mandate 017 to become effective April 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. This Mandate has been reviewed, and will remain in effect until rescinded or superceded.

This Mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. By issuing this Mandate, the Governor is establishing consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this Mandate is to enact protective measures for independent commercial fishing vessels operating within Alaskan waters and ports in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The State of Alaska acknowledges the importance of our commercial fishing fleet to our economy and lifestyle as Alaskans. In order to ensure a safe, productive fishing season this year, while still protecting Alaskan communities to the maximum extent possible from the spread of the virus, the State is establishing standardized protective measures to be followed by all independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaskan waters and ports.

Health Mandate 017 – Protective Measures for Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels.

  1. Applicability
    1. Definition: For the purposes of this Mandate, “independent commercial fishing vessels” are defined as all catcher and tender vessels that have not agreed to operate under a fleet-wide plan submitted by a company, association, or entity that represents a fleet of vessels. This Mandate alleviates the requirement for independent commercial fishing vessels to submit a Community/Workforce Protective Plan in response to Health Mandate 010.
    2. For the purposes of this Mandate, “independent commercial fishing harvesters” are defined as all commercial fishing harvesters who do not meet the definition for independent commercial fishing vessels above, and that have not agreed to operate under a fleet-wide plan submitted by a company, association, or entity that represents a fisheries sector. This Mandate alleviates the requirement for independent commercial fishing harvesters to submit a Community/Workforce Protective Plan in response to Health Mandate 010.
  1. Required Protective Measures/Plans
    1. Independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaskan waters and ports must enact the protective measures and procedures described in Appendix 01, the Alaska Protective Plan for Commercial Fishing Vessels.
    2. Vessel captains must enact controls on their vessel to ensure crewmember compliance with this Mandate.
    3. Independent commercial fishing harvest operations in Alaskan waters must enact the protective measures and procedures described in Appendix 03, the Alaska Protective Plan for Independent Commercial Fishing Harvesters.
    4. Site Managers must enact controls at their harvesting operation to ensure harvester compliance with this Mandate.
  • Travel and Access
    1. Compliance with this Mandate does not constitute a right to travel or access into any areas.
    2. It is incumbent upon the individual traveler to ensure that any proposed travel itinerary is still possible, and to adhere to any additional restrictions enacted by air carriers and lodging facilities or by small communities.

  1. Compliance and Penalties
    1. Vessel captains and Site Managers are required to maintain documentation as directed by Appendix 01, Paragraph I, or Appendix 03, Paragraph III, and must provide a copy of the Mandate 017 Acknowledgement Form (Appendix 02) upon request by any seafood purchasing agent or Federal, State, or local authority, to include law enforcement and fisheries regulators.
    2. A violation of a State COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation.
    3. In addition to the potential civil fines noted above, a person or organization that fails to follow the State COVID-19 Mandates designed to protect the public health from this dangerous virus and its impacts may, under certain circumstances, also be criminally prosecuted for Reckless Endangerment pursuant to Alaska Statute 11.41.250. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

(a) A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct, which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.

(b) Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

Pursuant to Alaska Statute 12.55.135, a defendant convicted of a class A misdemeanor may be sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment of not more than one year.

Additionally, under Alaska Statute 12.55.035, a person may be fined up to $25,000 for a class A misdemeanor, and a business organization may be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding the greatest of $2,500,000 for a misdemeanor offense that results in death, or $500,000 for a class A misdemeanor offense that does not result in death.

This Mandate Supersedes And Replaces All Previously Submitted

Protective Plans For Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels.

This Mandate Does Not Supersede Or Replace Any Previously Enacted Protective Plans For Corporate Vessel Fleets.

Appendix 01, the Alaska Protective Plan for Commercial Fishing Vessels

Appendix 02, Mandate 017 Acknowledgement Form 

Appendix 03, Independent Commercial Fishing Harvesters

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit covid19.alaska.gov

Issued:             April 21, 2020

Revised:          June 3, 2020

By:      Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

Read Appendix 01 – Guidance for Massage Therapists

Read Appendix 02 – Guidance for Chiropractors 

Read Appendix 03 – Guidance for Dentists

The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020 provides for health mandates to be issued when deemed necessary by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health, and the Office of the Governor.

While health care is an essential service, there is also the risk of spread of coronavirus in healthcare facilities and to vulnerable populations. The suspension of non-essential procedures and health care have been beneficial in slowing the spread of the disease. The benefits of suspension must also be balanced with delayed health care and other health outcomes.

Nothing in this Mandate shall be construed to waive any existing statutory, regulatory, or licensing requirements applicable to Health Care Providers or Health Care Facilities.

Read Appendix 01 – Guidance for Massage Therapists

Read Appendix 02 – Guidance for Chiropractors 

Read Appendix 03 – Guidance for Dentists

SECTION I – Delivery of Routine Health Care Services -Section I went into effect April 20, 2020; Updated June 1, 2020

  1. Healthcare facilities and providers defined in statute, and listed in Section VIII, will be able to resume low-risk, routine-type services which require minimal protective equipment by complying with the requirements listed in this section. This section is intended to apply to services that do not require special or invasive procedures. Examples include, but are not limited to, annual physical examinations, prenatal appointments, and routine dental cleanings.
  2. Providers and facilities shall make every effort to minimize physical contact to the extent possible and explore delivery of care without being in the same physical space as others, using means such as telehealth, phone consultation, and physical barriers between providers and patients.
  3. While this mandate allows healthcare providers to resume delivery of routine services, they are not required to do so. Providers and employers should weigh the health risks to their staff and to their patients when deciding whether to resume in-person services.
  4. All health care delivered both in and out of healthcare facilities (this includes hospitals, surgical centers, long-term care facilities, clinic and office care, as well as home care) shall deploy universal masking procedures in coordination with the facility infection control program.
    1. Facilities may approve their own masking requirements as long as all employees and visitors wear masks at all times.
    2. This may include cloth face coverings or procedure (ear loop) masks for employees not present for provision of services or procedures, such as front desk staff, or outside of direct patient care areas.
    3. This may include surgical masks for those involved in non-aerosolizing direct patient care.
    4. Face covering info can be found in Health Alert 010 online: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/SiteAssets/Pages/HumanCoV/SOA_04032020_HealthAlert010_ClothFaceCoverings.pdf
  5. It is the duty of the provider to ensure the health considerations of staff and patients. This includes ensuring providers and staff do not come to work while ill, minimizing travel of providers and staff, and provisioning adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). They are also encouraged to utilize the following means of protection:
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    1. Pre-visit telephonic screening and questionnaire.
    2. Lobbies and waiting rooms with defined and marked social distancing and limited occupancy.
    3. Other personal and environmental mitigation efforts such as gloves, exceptional hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, and enhanced airflow.
    4. Regardless of symptoms, all healthcare facilities must screen all patients for recent illness, travel, fever, or recent exposure to COVID-19, and, to the extent that is reasonably possible, begin testing all admitted patients.
  1. Every reasonable effort shall be made to minimize aerosolizing procedure (such as a nerve block over deep sedation or intubation).
  2. Unlicensed assistive personnel necessary to conduct procedures under this section may be included in service delivery.

SECTION II – Provision for Resuming Non-Urgent/Non-Emergent Elective Surgeries and Procedures -Section II went into effect May 4, 2020; Updated June 1, 2020.

  1. Surgeries and intensive procedures are permitted to proceed if delay is deemed to cause impact on health, livelihood, daily activities, or quality of life, if the following conditions are met:
    1. Health care delivery can meet all the standards outlined in Section I of this mandate.
    2. Health care is delivered by a provider listed in statute (see Section VI).
  • Procedures are prioritized based on whether their continued delay will have an adverse outcome.
  1. Cancer screening and other health maintenance should not be delayed. (Examples include, but are not limited to, colonoscopies and pap smears.)
  2. Each facility should review these procedures with their task force that was created in the April 7, 2020 revision to COVID-19 Health Mandate 005.
  3. Strongly consider the balance of risks vs. benefits for patients in higher risk groups such as those over age 60 and those with compromised immune systems or lung and heart function.
  4. Facility must maintain a plan to reduce or stop performing surgeries and procedures permitted by Section II should a surge or resurgence of COVID-19 cases occur, or a shortage of PPE or testing in their facility or region occur.
  5. The health care can safely be done with a surgical mask, eye protection, and gloves. Refer to the facility’s perioperative and periprocedural PPE and workflow guidance.
  6. Facility has adequate PPE supplies on hand.
  7. Capacity at the facility (i.e., bed capacity and healthcare workforce) can accommodate an increase in both COVID-19 hospitalizations and increased post-procedure hospitalizations.
  8. Facility has access to adequate testing capacity as required under this mandate.
  9. To reduce risk of exposure after testing, patients must self-isolate after being tested until the time of the procedure.
  10. If the procedure puts the health care worker at increased risk due to aerosolizing procedures such as surgical suctioning, intubation, or breathing treatments, then a negative PCR for SARS-CoV-2 should be obtained within 48 hours prior to the procedure — unless the testing turnaround time cannot occur within 48 hour. If this is the case, 72 hours is acceptable, however, additional PPE is required (see guidance in Section IV).
  11. Patients admitted to the facility undergoing multiple aerosolizing procedures are not required to retest.
  12. Patients receiving multiple outpatient procedures are not required to retest if self-isolating. If unable to self-isolate, retesting is recommended.
  13. The DHSS Section of Epidemiology has issued guidance for COVID-19 testing, which must be followed: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/SiteAssets/Pages/HumanCoV/AKCOVIDTestingGuidance.pdf
  14. Workers must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from non-patients and must minimize contact with the patient.
  15. Exceptional environmental mitigation strategies must be maintained, including the protection of lobbies and front desk staff.
  16. Unlicensed assistive personnel necessary to conduct procedures under this section may be included in service delivery.

SECTION III – Urgent and Emergent Services, Surgeries, and Procedures

Urgent or Emergent health care services that cannot be delayed without significant risk to life should continue, but with the enhanced screening and safety measures listed in Section I and the guidance below:

  1. Each facility should review these procedures with their task force that was created in the April 7, 2020 revision to COVID-19 Health Mandate 005.
  1. Urgent or emergent procedures with an increased risk of exposure, such as surgeries, deliveries, emergent dental work, aerosolizing procedures such as suctioning, intubation, and breathing treatments, should have patients tested for SARS-CoV-2 prior to the procedure or birth to the extent that is reasonably possible after considering available testing capacity and any other relevant constraints.
  2. If a facility is unable to test patients within the preferred 48 hours of their procedure, facilities should use rigorous screening procedures and treat suspicious patients as if they are positive for COVID-19. See guidance in Section IV.
  3. To reduce risk of exposure after testing, patients must self-isolate after being tested until the time of the procedure.
  4. Unlicensed assistive personnel necessary to conduct procedures under this section may be included in service delivery.

SECTION IV – Perioperative and Periprocedural PPE and Workflow Guidance When COVID-Unknown or Testing is Unavailable Within the Preferred 48-Hour Timeline

Use of N95 masks requires wearers to be properly fit tested.

SECTION V – Visitation Policies:

  1. Healthcare facilities (excluding nursing homes) may establish a visitation policy specific to their facility. This policy must allow, at a minimum:
    1. End-of-life visits;
    2. Parents of a patient who is a minor;
  2. A legal guardian of an adult patient;
  3. A support person for labor and delivery settings; and
  4. One spouse or caregiver that resides with the patient to be allowed into the facility during the day of a surgery or procedure and at the time of patient discharge to allow for minimal additional exposure. If a caregiver does not reside with the patient, they can be with the patient at the time of discharge.
  1. The policy must establish clear protocols for reducing possible exposure and spread, including at a minimum:
    1. All visitors must wear a fabric face covering or be provided with a surgical mask if hospital policy doesn’t allow cloth face coverings.
    2. All visitors must be screened for symptoms and exposure prior to visiting the patient. Visitors traveling from out-of-state or with known exposure must quarantine for 14 days or test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours.
  2. Records of the screening and visitor contact information must be kept that are sufficient for contact tracing, if it becomes necessary.
  3. Visitation policies at healthcare facilities may also, but are not required to, allow visitations to occur outside of the time of discharge or day of a surgery or procedure, for example:
    1. One visitor for inpatients with a terminal disease when the patient does not test positive for COVID-19 and is not under investigation for having COVID-19.
    2. One visitor to aid in establishing and supporting a plan of care for the patient.This includes visits that are necessary for clinical staff to educate one caregiver about at-home instructions that are necessary for the ongoing support of the patient after discharge.
  4. This visitation policy does not include nursing homes and long-term acute-care hospitals.

SECTION VI – Definitions:

  1. Emergent – Any healthcare service that, were it not provided, is at high risk of resulting in serious and/or irreparable harm to a patient if not provided within 24 hours.
  2. Urgent – Any healthcare service that, were it not provided, is at high risk of resulting in serious and/or irreparable harm to a patient if not provided within 24 hours to 30 days.
  3. Elective – An elective surgery or procedure does not always mean it is optional. It simply means that the surgery can be scheduled in advance. It may be a surgery or procedure you choose to have for a better quality of life, but not for a life-threatening condition.

SECTION VII – Other Considerations

 

  1. Licensing boards can determine if individual health care provider types can safely perform the services or service types relative to health care constraints, including PPE or testing availability, or the nature of services including length of time of exposure, personal contact, and ability to provide environmental mitigation strategies.
  2. Travel for medical procedures and health care services qualifies as a “critical personal need” under Health Mandate 018.
  3. Patients whose communities have established quarantines for return from intra-state travel should have a plan in place, developed with their local community, for return home after their procedures.
  4. Transportation may be arranged on behalf of individuals who must travel to receive medical care and must be able to return home following the medical treatment or must arrange for their own accommodations if they are unable to return home.
  5. Every effort should be made to minimize physical interaction and encourage alternative means such as telehealth and videoconferencing. For many licensed healthcare professionals, this will mean continued delays in care or postponing care.
  6. Every reasonable effort should be made in the outpatient and ambulatory care setting to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and follow the following guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ambulatory-care-settings.html
  7. Dental work carries an added risk of spreading COVID-19, especially to the dentist who can spread it to others, and so dental guidance should be followed and is listed in Appendix 03 and here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html
  8. Dialysis centers provide life-saving work, but it is also a place where high-risk individuals congregate. They need to follow the following guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dialysis.html

 

SECTION VIII – Applicability: This Mandate applies to the following healthcare facilities and health care providers:

  1. Health Care Facilities
    1. Hospitals, private, municipal, state, or federal, including tribal
    2. Independent diagnostic testing facilities
    3. Residential psychiatric treatment centers
    4. Skilled and intermediate nursing facilities,
    5. Kidney disease treatment, including free standing facilities
    6. Ambulatory surgery centers
    7. Free standing birth centers
    8. Home health agencies
    9. Hospice
    10. Rural health clinics defined under AS 47.32.900(21) and 7 AAC 12.450
    11. A healthcare provider office (for reference see 7 AAC 07.001)
  1. Health Care Providers as Defined in Statute
    1. Acupuncturists
    2. Ambulatory Surgery Centers
    3. Assistant Behavior Analysts
    4. Athletic Trainers
    5. Audiologists/Speech-Language Pathologists
    6. Behavior Analysts
    7. Certified Nurse Aides
    8. Chiropractors
    9. Dental Hygienists
    10. Dentists
    11. Dieticians
    12. Hospitals
    13. Hearing Aid Dealers
    14. Health Aides
    15. Long-Term Care Facilities
    16. Marital and Family Therapists
    17. Massage Therapists
    18. Midwives
    19. Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics
    20. Naturopaths
    21. Nurses
    22. Nutritionists
    23. Occupational Therapy Assistants
    24. Opticians
    25. Optometrists
    26. Pharmacists
    27. Pharmacy Technicians
    28. Physical Therapists
    29. Occupational Therapists
    30. Physician Assistants
    31. Physicians/Osteopathic Physicians
    32. Podiatrists
    33. Professional Counselors
    34. Psychologists
    35. Psychological Associates
    36. Religious Healing Practitioners
    37. Social Workers
    38. Veterinarians
    39. Students training for a licensed profession who are required to receive training in a health care facility as a condition of licensure.

*** State of Alaska reserves the right to change this mandate at any time. ***

THIS MANDATE SUPERSEDES ANY AND ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANDATES OR ORDERS PUT INTO EFFECT BY BOROUGHS, MUNICIPALITIES, CITIES, VILLAGES, OR TRIBES.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit covid19.alaska.gov

Issued: April 13, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its fourteenth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

Health Mandate 014 – Non-Congregate Sheltering Order

The State of Alaska is prepared to implement a temporary quarantine and isolation program utilizing non-congregate shelter solutions including hotels, college and university dormitories, and properly modified non-traditional structures to house three specific populations:

  1. First responders and healthcare workers who need to quarantine safely without exposing their families.
  2. Homeless families, with at least one member who tested positive for COVID-19, who live in congregate shelters and will require isolation.
  3. Homeless individuals who require quarantine or isolation.

As of April 7, 2020, there were 277 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the state. Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska has reviewed the data regarding actual COVID-19 cases and reported exposures among vulnerable populations.

Therefore, in order to protect public health and to ensure public safety, as well as to lessen or avert the threat of a healthcare catastrophe, the implementation of non-congregate shelter quarantine and isolation solutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations must be put in place.

This mandate will remain in effect until rescinded.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 014

Revised: June 3, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing a revision to its tenth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

This revised Mandate goes into effect 12:01 AM June 6, 2020.

The purpose of this Mandate is to provide clear requirements related to international and interstate travel, while still working to provide sufficient mitigation factors to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Health Mandate 10.1 – International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self-Quarantine

Effective 12:01 am June 6, 2020:

Applicability: This mandate applies to all persons entering the state of Alaska, whether resident, worker, or visitor.

Requirements for Residents or Visitors: All residents or visitors arriving in Alaska from outside the state must self-quarantine for 14 days unless the traveler falls under one of the following four categories (a, b, c, or d, below):

A. Pre-travel molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2:

  1. The traveler produces a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 result showing that the traveler tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure to Alaska;OR
  2. The traveler produces a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 result showing that the traveler tested negative for COVID-19 within five days before departure to Alaska and the traveler obtains a second molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival in Alaska, and minimize interactions until the second test result is received and that test is also negative;
  3. All travelers with negative results from a pre-travel test will need to minimize interactions until (1) they receive negative results from the second test for COVID-19; (2) for 14 days after arrival; or (3) they leave Alaska, whichever is soonest. If a second test is needed, they will receive a voucher upon arrival

 

B. Molecular-based Test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival:

  1. The traveler obtains a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival in Alaska that shows the traveler is negative for COVID-19. The traveler must self-quarantine, at their own expense, while waiting for the test results. The traveler will receive a voucher for a second test that must occur within 7-14 days after arrival, and should minimize interactions until the result from the second test shows the traveler is negative for COVID-19.
  2. If the molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 comes up positive, the traveler must isolate at their own expense, and will not be able to travel unless cleared by public health.

 

C. Prior confirmed positive results:

  1. No molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 is required for either immediately before travel or upon arrival, if all three (3) of the following conditions are met:
    1. The traveler shows evidence of previously positive results of a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 that occurred at least three weeks prior to arrival in Alaska; and
    2. The traveler is currently asymptomatic; and
    3. The traveler can show a medical provider’s note of recovery.

D. Alaska Residents returning from trips of five days or less: Alaska residents who travel out of state for a period of five days or less are not required to be tested before leaving (note: destination state or nation may have testing requirements) or prior to returning to the state.

Upon returning to Alaska, residents in category “c”, must either:

  1. Self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, with no requirement for testing;OR
  2. Obtain a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival in Alaska that shows that the resident is negative for COVID-19. The resident must self-quarantine while waiting for the test results. The resident will receive a voucher for a second test that must occur within 7-14 days after arrival, and should minimize interactions until the results from the second test shows the resident is negative for COVID-19.

 

Requirements for Critical infrastructure employee travel:

A. All workers arriving in Alaska from outside the state as part of critical infrastructure workforce as outlined in the Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order (formerly Attachment A) falls under this section and does not qualify for the protocols in Section II.

B. The employee must follow their company’s reviewed community protective plan on file with the State that includes testing and/or quarantine provisions. The categories for the protective plans are below:

    1. Protective Plans pursuant to the Alaska Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure Order: Critical infrastructure is vital to keeping Alaska safe, and, as a result, businesses and employees of critical infrastructure industries must take special care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic. If your business is included in the Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order (formerly Attachment A), and your workers must travel to enter Alaska, you must submit a plan or protocol for maintaining critical infrastructure to the akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com. This plan must outline how you will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the lives of the communities in which you operate, of others who serve as a part of that infrastructure, or the ability of that critical infrastructure to function.
      1. Companies that have previously submitted plans do not need to submit another; they can proceed under their current plans that have been reviewed by the State.
    2. Arriving commercial fishing vessel crewmembers or independent harvesters must follow the procedures in Health Mandate 017 – Protective Measures for Independent Commercial Vessels.
    3. Arriving seafood processing workers must follow the procedures in Health Mandate 010 Appendix 01 – Enhanced Protective Measures for Seafood Processing Workers.

Protocol

  1. Pursuant to the Governor’s declaration, the State of Alaska hereby orders the following:Prior to arrival in any community in Alaska from another state or nation, you must:
    1. Read the available information about safely traveling to Alaska.
    2. Complete the State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form online and submit. Please print a copy or have electronic proof with you at your port of entry. If you are unable to complete the form online, paper copies will be available to complete at your port of entry.If receiving a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival, register with the appropriate testing site.

Other info

https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/

https://covid19.alaska.gov/faq/

Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/Alaska-Essential-Services-and-Critical-Workforce-Infrastructure-Formerly-Attachment-A-05.05.2020.pdf

Health Mandate 10: Appendix 01 https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-MANDATE-10-Appendix-01.pdf

Health Mandate 17 (HM 17) https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05272020-COVID-MANDATE-017-Independent-Commercial-Fishing-Vessels-REVISED.pdf

HM 17: Appendix 01 Alaska Protective Plan for Commercial Fishing Vessels https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-MANDATE-017-Appendix-01-Protective-Plan-for-Independent-Commercial-Fish.pdf

HM 17: Appendix 02 Mandate 7 Acknowledgement Form https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-MANDATE-017-Appendix-02-Acknowledgement-Form-REVISED.pdf

HM 17: Appendix 03 Independent Commercial Fishing Harvesters https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/05162020-COVID-MANDATE-017-Appendix-03-Protective-Plan-for-Independent-Harvesters.pdf

Expired, Rescinded, or Superseded Health Mandates

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN Rescinded 

By:       Governor Mike Dunleavy; Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

The State of Alaska is issuing its sixteenth health mandate, based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020. This Mandate will go into effect April 24, 2020. The State of Alaska reserves the right to amend the Mandate at any time.

To date, the State of Alaska has issued 15 mandates to protect the public health of all Alaskans. These mandates, which have been aimed at flattening the curve, have been beneficial in slowing the spread of the disease.

This Mandate seeks to balance the ongoing need to maintain diligent efforts to slow and disrupt the rate of infection with the corresponding critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.

This Mandate is the first of a series that are intended to reopen Alaska responsibly. By issuing this Mandate, the Governor is establishing consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate both the public health and the economic impacts of COVID-19 across Alaska.

This Mandate addresses and modifies a number of prior Mandates and Health Care Advisories, as appropriate, to implement Phase I of the “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.” If there is any discrepancy between this Mandate, including its attachments, and any other statements, mandates, advisories, or documents regarding the “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan”, this Mandate and its attachments will govern. FAQs may be issued to bring additional clarity to this Mandate based on questions that may arise.

Health Mandate 016 – REOPEN ALASKA RESPONSIBLY PLAN

Health Mandate 016 goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Reopening Alaska’s businesses is vital to the state’s economic well-being, and to the ability of Alaskans to provide for their families. At the same time, everyone shares in the obligation to keep Alaska safe and continue to combat the spread of COVID-19. As a result, businesses and employees must, to the extent reasonably feasible, continue to take reasonable care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic. Meanwhile, all Alaskans have an obligation to help promote public health and fight this pandemic by continuing to follow public health guidance regarding sanitizing, handwashing, and use of face masks. Those that are at high risk of infection are encouraged to continue to self-quarantine, to the extent possible, and strictly follow social distancing mandates and advisories.

Unless explicitly modified by this Mandate as set forth below and in Attachments D through H, prior Mandates remain in effect unless and until they are amended, rescinded, or suspended by further order of the Governor. The Governor and the State of Alaska reserve the right to amend this Mandate at any time in order to protect the public health, welfare, and safety of the public and assure the state’s safe resumption of economic activity.

The activities and businesses listed below that were previously governed by the referenced Mandates may resume under the conditions and guidance provided in the following attachments.

Attachment D – Non-Essential Public Facing Businesses Generally – modifies Mandate 011 (Updated 5/7)

Attachment E – Retail Businesses – modifies Mandate 011 (Updated 5/7)

Attachment F – Restaurants Dine-In Services – modifies Mandate 03.1 (Updated 5/7)

Attachment G – Personal Care Services – modifies Mandate 09 (Updated 5/7)

Attachment H – Non-Essential Non-Public-Facing Businesses – modifies Mandate 011 (Updated 5/7)

Attachment I – Day Camps (Updated 5/13)

Attachment J – Fishing Charters (Updated 5/7)

Attachment K – Gyms and Fitness Centers (Updated 5/7)

Attachment L – Lodging and Overnight Camping (Updated 5/8)

Attachment M – Intrastate Travel and Outdoor Day Activity (Superseded By Mandate 018)

Attachment N – Social, Religious and Other Gatherings (Updated 5/7)

Attachment O – Libraries, Museums, and Archives

Attachment P – Swimming Pools

Attachment Q – Bars (Updated 5/8)

Attachment R – Theaters

Attachment S – Bowling Alleys

Attachment T – Bingo Halls

Attachment U – Organized Sports, Activities, and Guided Recreation (Updated 5/13)

Attachment V – Licensed Childcare

ENFORCEMENT

A violation of a State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation. In addition to the potential civil fines noted, a person or organization that fails to follow State COVID-19 Mandates designed to protect the public health from this dangerous virus and its impact may, under certain circumstances, also be criminally prosecuted for Reckless Endangerment pursuant to Alaska Statute 11.41.250. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

(a) A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.

(b) Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

Pursuant to Alaska Statute 12.55.135, a defendant convicted of a class A misdemeanor may be sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment of not more than one year.

Additionally, under Alaska Statute 12.55.035, a person may be fined up to $25,000 for a class A misdemeanor, and a business organization may be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding the greatest of $2,500,000 for a misdemeanor offense that results in death, or $500,000 for a class A misdemeanor offense that does not result in death.

***This Mandate is in effect until rescinded or modified.***

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN RESCINDED

Issued: April 9, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its thirteenth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

Health Mandate 013 – K-12 Public and Private Schools

The statewide school closure of all K-12 public and private schools is being extended from May 1, 2020 to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite the need to extend school building closures, student learning will continue, per each school district’s individual plan, to provide distance-delivered educational services to students.

It is recognized that this difficult decision ends the school year with students physically separated from their teachers. Incident Command will reconvene later this month to consider whether the state’s health outlook will safely allow for small groups of students to meet with their teachers in-person for final student conferences before the end of the school year. This option, if allowed, will be dependent upon the coordination of each school district.

As school districts contemplate how to properly celebrate this year’s graduates, COVID-19 Health Mandate 011 – Social Distancing is still in effect, which prohibits gathering for events, such as graduation.

This Mandate supersedes Health Mandate 008.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 013

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 27, 2020 Updated: May 7 , 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

Attachment A Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure: https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/Alaska-Essential-Services-and-Critical-Workforce-Infrastructure-Formerly-Attachment-A-05.05.2020.pdf

Attachment B
 
Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order:  https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/04132020-COVID-MANDATE-012-Alaska-Small-Community-Emergency-Travel-Order.pdf 

***This mandate is in effect until rescinded***

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its twelfth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 28, 2020 at 8:00 am and will be in effect until rescinded.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. The Governor looks to establish consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this mandate is to control the movement of individuals within Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) acknowledge the importance of minimizing intrastate travel to avoid introducing new COVID-19 cases into Alaska communities and slow the spread of the virus in state. It is imperative that Alaskans heed these guidelines.

Critical infrastructure is vital to keeping Alaska safe, and as a result businesses and employees of critical infrastructure industries must, to the extent reasonably feasible, take reasonable care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic.  This may include coordinating or consolidating activities among industries if necessary to help protect your employees and the public, and to avoid the spread of this disease.  If your business is included in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A), you must submit a travel plan or protocol for maintaining critical infrastructure to akcovidplans@ak-prepared.com. The plan should outline how you will avoid the spread of COVID-19 and not endanger the lives of the communities in which you operate, of others who serve as a part of that infrastructure, or the ability of that critical infrastructure to function. If you have already submitted a plan pursuant to Health Mandate 10.1 related to interstate travel, you do not need to submit another plan.

Critical infrastructure includes those items listed in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/041320202-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Attachment-A.pdf

Health Mandate 012 – Intrastate Travel – Limiting travel between communities to critical infrastructure or critical personal needs.

Effective 8:00 am March 28, 2020

All in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs. Certain Small Alaskan communities may implement further travel restriction pursuant to “Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order – Attachment B.”

Personal travel is prohibited except as necessary to meet critical personal needs or work in critical infrastructure jobs. Critical personal needs include buying, selling, or delivering groceries and home goods; obtaining fuel for vehicles or residential needs; transporting family members for out-of-home care, essential health needs, or for purposes of child custody exchanges; receiving essential health care; providing essential health care to a family member; obtaining other important goods; and engaging in subsistence activities. Travelers are reminded to follow social distancing measures, including, to the extent reasonably feasible, keeping six feet away from others, avoiding crowded places, and limiting public gatherings to less than ten people. Read the “Mandate 11 and 12 FAQ’s” for more details.

No one traveling to or from any community for critical reasons or critical personal travel may be subject to any automatic quarantine or isolation on arrival except as allowed under Alaska Statutes or Health Mandates.
Air carriers and other travel-related businesses have no duty to verify that intrastate travelers meet the criteria for permissible travel under this heath mandate. Air carriers shall inquire if travelers are permitted to travel under this mandate and shall rely upon a traveler’s assurance that they are eligible to travel.

***This Mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order restricting intrastate travel ***

***This mandate is in effect until rescinded***

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 012

CLICK HERE: Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order – Attachment B

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 27, 2020 Updated: April 9, 2020

Updated: April 21, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

***This mandate is in effect until rescinded***

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its eleventh health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 being transmitted via community spread within the state, Governor Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm and will be in effect until rescinded.

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans. The Governor looks to establish consistent mandates across the State in order to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

The purpose of this mandate is to restrict the movement of individuals within the State of Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  

The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) acknowledge the importance of social distancing, while maintaining essential healthcare services, public government services, and other essential business activities, to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. It is imperative that Alaskans heed these guidelines.

Health Mandate 011 – Social Distancing

Effective 5:00 pm March 28, 2020:

All persons in Alaska, except for those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities, are mandated to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing. For the purpose of this mandate, social distancing is defined as maintaining a distance of six feet or greater from any individuals with whom you do not currently reside. Read the “Mandate 11 & 12 FAQ’s” for more details, which can be found here: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx

Critical infrastructure includes those items listed in “Alaska’s Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure” (formerly Attachment A) https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03232020-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Attachment-A.pdf

  1. The Governor orders individuals to abide by the following:
    1. Work from home as much as possible (see Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order).
    2. Immediately isolate any family member who is ill. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html#precautions
    3. Outdoor activity (e.g., walking, hiking, bicycling, running, fishing or hunting) is permitted when a distance of six or more feet can be maintained between individuals not in the same household.
    4. Any individual who exhibits symptoms of illness must not leave their home, including to work, except as necessary to seek or receive medical care.
    5. All individuals shall cease participation in public or private gatherings that include non-household members, regardless of the number of people involved. This includes, but is not limited to, weddings, faith gatherings, graduations, and funeral events.
    6. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this mandate but are urged to obtain shelter.
  1. The Governor orders the closure of non-essential businesses:
    1. All businesses within Alaska, except those listed in Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the state except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section II(c). For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home).
    2. For purposes of this Mandate, covered businesses include any for-profit, non-profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or corporate or entity structure
    3. Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
      1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
      2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
  • The Governor orders employers to abide by the following:
    1. Businesses providing essential services and critical infrastructure will, to the extent reasonably feasible, take reasonable precautions to ensure the health of their service sector and employees.
    2. Public-facing businesses providing essential services and critical infrastructure will proactively promote social distancing between employees and others, including, but not limited to, expanding delivery options, drive-through services, limiting the number of individuals in a building, clearly spacing lines to keep individuals six feet apart, or making appointment times to minimize interactions between members of the public.
    3. Employers will evaluate which of their employees can feasibly work remotely from home and to the extent reasonable, take steps to enable employees to work from home.

A violation of a state COVID-19 Mandate may subject a business or organization to an order to cease operations and/or a civil fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

In addition to the potential civil fines noted above, a person or organization that fails to follow the state COVID-19 Mandates designed to protect the public health from this dangerous virus and its impact may, under certain circumstances, also be criminally prosecuted for Reckless Endangerment pursuant to Alaska Statute 11.41.250. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

(a) A person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person.

(b) Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

Pursuant to Alaska Statute 12.55.135, a defendant convicted of a class A misdemeanor may be sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment of not more than one year.

Additionally, under Alaska Statute 12.55.035, a person may be fined up to $25,000 for a class A misdemeanor, and a business organization may be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding the greatest of $2,500,000 for a misdemeanor offense that results in death, or $500,000 for a class A misdemeanor offense that does not result in death.

This mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order.

***This mandate is in effect until rescinded***

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 011

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 23, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its ninth health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 around Alaska, Governor Mike Dunleavy and the State of Alaska are issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of this mandate is to limit all close contacts (people outside of a family unit) to be farther than six feet from each other to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  

Mandate 9.1 – State of Alaska – Personal Care Services and Gatherings

  1. All businesses, congregations, or gatherings in the State of Alaska, where individuals are within six feet of each other must stop all operations. This includes:
    1. Hair salons
    2. Day spas and esthetics locations
    3. Nail salons
    4. Barber shops
    5. Tattoo shops
    6. Body piercing locations
    7. Massage therapy locations
    8. Tanning facilities
  2. Additionally, no gatherings of more than 10 people may take place, and if a gathering does take place people must be six feet apart from each other.
  3. This Mandate prohibits the delivery of services in any of the above business locations by individuals holding licenses issued by the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers and Board of Massage Therapists.
  4. This Mandate prohibits operations for rolfing, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, and similar services.
  5. This Mandate prohibits licensed massage therapist services spas.
  6. This Mandate prohibits business operations to continue at tanning facilities.
  7. The prohibitions in this Mandate apply to services that may be delivered in the customer’s home or in the home of the licensee.
  8. This order shall take effect March 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and remain in full force and effect until the Governor rescinds or modifies the order.

This mandate does not include urgent, and emergent health care needs, nor health care facilities; however, health care facilities must do risk assessment screening prior to entering the facility.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 009

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 20, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its eighth health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 around Alaska,

The purpose of this mandate is to limit all close contacts (people outside of a family unit) to be farther than six feet from each other to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  

Mandate 8.1 – State of Alaska – Public and Private Schools

Public and private schools are closed to students through May 1, 2020. Students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods. All after school activities will be suspended during this time.

These are measures to protect Alaskans. We appreciate the public’s understanding of this mandate in an effort to mitigate this virus.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 008

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 20, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its seventh health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the State of Alaska is issuing the following mandate to go into effect March 21st, 2020 at 8:00 am.

The purpose of this mandate is to limit all close contacts (people outside of a family unit) to be within 6 feet of each other to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  

Mandate 7.1 – Fairbanks North Star Borough & Ketchikan Gateway Borough – Personal Care Services and Gatherings

  1. Effective immediately all business, congregations, or gatherings in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough where individuals are within 6 feet of each other must stop all operations. This includes:
    1. Hair salons
    2. Day spas and esthetics locations
    3. Nail salons
    4. Barber shops
    5. Tattoo shops
    6. Body piercing locations
    7. Massage therapy locations
    8. Tanning facilities
  2. Additionally no gatherings of more than 10 people may take place, and if a gathering does take place people must be 6 feet apart from each other.
  3. This Mandate prohibits the delivery of services in any of the above business locations by individuals holding licenses issued by the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers, Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and Board of Massage Therapists.
  4. This Mandate prohibits operations for rolfing, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, and similar services.
  5. This Mandate prohibits licensed massage therapist services spas.
  6. This Mandate prohibits business operations to continue at tanning facilities.
  7. The prohibitions in this Mandate apply to services that may be delivered in the customer’s home or in the home of the licensee.
  8. This order shall take effect immediately and remain in full force and effect until the Governor rescinds or modifies the order.

This mandate does not include urgent, and emergent health care needs, nor health care facilities, however, health care facilities must do risk assessment screening prior to entering the facility.

This mandate is in effect until further notice.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 007

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 19, 2020 Updated: April 9, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

***This mandate is in effect until rescinded***

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its sixth health mandate based on the authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020.

The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) acknowledge the proactive efforts of Alaska’s oral health providers and practitioners to protect the health and safety of patients and the state in response to COVID-19.

Mandate 6.1 – Elective Oral Health Procedures
Dental clinical settings and oral health professionals are recognized within the highest risk categories for both transmission and contraction of the coronavirus, as most dental procedures release significant aerosols in the operatory atmosphere. Therefore, in concurrence with recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Alaska Dental Society, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, elective oral health care procedures are required to be postponed for a period of one month.

Alaska oral health professionals should be aware:

  • There is a growing shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care facilities as response to COVID-19 continues. Please closely monitor supplies of PPE.
  • There is a high risk of disease in individuals over 60 years of age and individuals with underlying or chronic health conditions.

Recommended actions:

  • Postpone all elective and non-essential dental procedures.
  • Prioritize treatment for patients experiencing dental emergencies, here defined by the ADA as ‘Health care related to relief of severe dental/oral pain and infection management’.
  • To help decrease the overburden of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities as COVID-19 response rapidly increases, oral health practitioners are encouraged to provide emergency dental care through patients’ regular dental home, including after-hours where possible, except in the case of a life-threatening emergency.
  • Limit orders and use of PPE to the minimum necessary for emergency care.

Resources for practitioners:

***This mandate is in effect until rescinded***

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov
State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 006

 

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Updated: April 7, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020 provides for health mandates to be issued when deemed necessary by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health, and the Office of the Governor.

COVID-19 Health Mandate 005, issued on March 19, 2020, required patients, providers, hospitals, and surgical centers to postpone or cancel non-urgent or elective procedures in order help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and thereby decrease the overall impact on the Alaska health care structure, and also to preserve personal protective equipment.

Following ongoing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that healthcare facilities and clinicians should prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now, the State of Alaska is clarifying non-urgent or elective procedures that are to be postponed or canceled under COVID-19 Health Mandate 005. These actions can preserve staff personal protective equipment (PPE) and patient care supplies; ensure staff and patient safety; and expand available hospital capacity.

COVID-19 Health Mandate 005 is revised by adding Attachment C – Non-Urgent or Elective Procedures and Surgeries. This revised Mandate 5.1 supersedes the version issued on March 19, 2020. 

Mandate 5.1 – Elective Procedures
All patients, providers, hospitals, and surgical centers are required to postpone or cancel all non-urgent or elective procedures until June 15, 2020 to decrease the overall impact on the Alaska health care structure and preserve personal protective equipment. This would include pre- scheduled surgeries deemed non-essential. This mandate does not apply to surgical cases coming through the emergency room or for an existing hospitalized patient.

The terms “non-urgent or elective” include, but are not limited to, the procedures described on Attachment C – “Non-Urgent or Elective Procedures”. To the extent that the terms “non-urgent or elective” are not fully defined, the state directs each medical office, clinic, surgical center, and hospital create a physician task force that will evaluate all proposed procedures and surgeries on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are non-urgent and elective or can be deferred, and the physician task force will make a determination on all borderline procedures or surgeries for each patient.

This action is taken with the guidance from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and the American College of Surgeons: www.facs.org/about-acs/covid-19/information-for-surgeons and www.facs.org/about-acs/covid- 19/information-for-surgeons/triage.

Following guidance from CDC, all routine dental and eye care visits are required to be postponed.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fhealthcare-facilities%2Findex.html

Given Alaska’s distances and limited health care capacity, it is especially important to open acute health care beds for anticipated COVID-19 care and conserve personal protective equipment. The State of Alaska believes that delaying non-emergent procedures is a protective measure both for patients and the health care workforce and will better prepare us for the anticipated impact COVID-19 will have on our health care system.

We appreciate the public’s understanding of this mandate in an effort to mitigate the impacts of this virus.

Click Here: COVID-19 Attachment C – Elective and Non-Urgent Procedures

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov
State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 005

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 17, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its fourth health mandate.

Higher Risk: If you have traveled from an area with widespread, ongoing community spread such as Europe, China, and other countries (i.e., a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice Area) and are entering Alaska within the past 14 days you must:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with other household members.
  • Contact your employer and do not go to work or school for this 14-day period after you return.
  • CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice Area
    China, Iran, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City.

Medium Risk: If you have traveled anywhere outside of Alaska, (including the rest of the United States) within the past 14 days you must:

  • Keep your distance from others (about six feet or two meters)
  • This may mean not going to work or school if you cannot safely be distanced from others – especially if you traveled in a location where community transmission is occurring – contact your employer.
  • You must avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.

Health Guidance for Returning Travelers in the Higher and Medium Risk Groups

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. If you get sick with fever (>100.3°F), cough, or shortness of breath, please call your health care provider.
  3. Do not take mass transportation during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
  6. If you seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel.

All Alaskans should follow previous guidance including regular hand washing, cleaning surfaces and avoiding large gatherings (March 13 COVID-19 Health Alert: Recommendations for Keeping Communities Safe).

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 17, 2020

Updated April 1, 2020

By:       Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

***This Mandate is in effect until rescinded***

To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its third health mandate.

The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020, provides for health mandates to be issued when deemed necessary by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health, and the Office of the Governor.

Mandate 3.1
By order of the Governor, beginning March 18 at 5 p.m., and continuing until rescinded, the following mandates are in effect:

With the goal of minimizing in-person interaction in enclosed spaces, effective March 18 at 5 p.m. all bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages within the State of Alaska, shall be closed to the public for dine-in service. All buffets and salad bars are closed to self-service. A copy of this order, or a sign communicating the closure information, shall be prominently posted by the person having control of the establishment.

Places of public accommodation are encouraged to offer food and beverages using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.

In offering food or beverages, a place of public accommodation subject to this section may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another while on premises.

All entertainment facilities shall be closed to the public, including theaters, gyms and fitness centers, bowling alleys, and bingo halls.

The restrictions do not apply to any of the following:

  • Places of public accommodation that offer food and beverages not for on-premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries, with the exception of their self-service buffets and salad bars.
  • Health care facilities, pharmacies, child care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
  • Crisis shelters, soup kitchens, or similar institutions.
  • Employee cafeterias within a business, with the exception of their self-service buffets and salad bars.
  • Restaurants and food courts inside the secured zones of airports.

These measures are being implemented to protect all Alaskans and we appreciate the public and business community’s understanding of these mandates in an effort to mitigate the impacts of this virus.

***This Mandate is in effect until rescinded***

For the latest information on COVID-19 visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

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THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY A NEW HEALTH MANDATE

Issued: March 16, 2020 Updated: April 1, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

***This Mandate is in effect until rescinded***

To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its second health mandate.

The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration, signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020 provides for health mandates to be issued when deemed necessary by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health, and the Office of the Governor. 

Mandate 2.1
State-operated libraries, archives, and museums serve as public facilities in which Alaskans meet and congregate on a daily basis. In an effort to protect Alaskans and slow the spread of the virus, all libraries, archives, and museums shall be closed to the public from March 17, 2020 until rescinded.

All public programs and events scheduled to be held within and around these facilities are suspended during this time. Staff in libraries, archives, and museums will continue to serve the public through telephone, web, and other modes that preserve the highest degree of social distancing possible.

Mandate 2.2
Given the unpredictability of the rate at which this virus will spread, and the containment measures that may be necessary in our unique state, effective immediately, residential school programs shall begin the process of returning students to their families and home communities. This process shall be completed by Friday, March 27, 2020.

These are measures to protect Alaskans within these facilities. We appreciate the public’s understanding of this mandate in an effort to mitigate this virus.

***This Mandate is in effect until rescinded***

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov
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Printable version of this mandate is available at:
 https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/03.16.20-COVID-19-Health-Mandate-002.pdf

THIS MANDATE HAS BEEN RESCINDED

Issued March 13, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its first health mandate.

The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020 provides for health mandates to be issued when deemed necessary by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health, and the Office of the Governor.

Mandate 1.1

In an effort to protect Alaskans and slow the spread of the virus, visitation by the general public shall be suspended for the following state institutions beginning March 14, 2020 at 12:01am:

Suspended Visitation

  • Department of Corrections (DOC) Facilities
  • Division of Juvenile Justice Facilities
  • Alaska Military Youth Academy
  • Alaska Psychiatric Institute

Limited Visitation

  • Alaska Pioneer Homes

The suspension of visitation shall remain in place until otherwise rescinded by the Department of Health and Social Services and the Office of the Governor. Health practitioners and prior authorized individuals shall contact the appropriate supervising authorities of each institution before entering these facilities.

Mandate 1.2

All scheduled public school days between Monday, March 16, 2020 and March 30, 2020 will be non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school. All after school activities will be suspended during this time. Residential board school programs schedules are being evaluated at this time.

These are measures to protect Alaskans within these facilities. We appreciate the public’s understanding of this mandate in an effort to mitigate this virus.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov

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