Neighbors,
During the first four months of 2020, a global pandemic, unlike anything we have ever seen, has threatened the safety of every one of us who calls Alaska home. I am thankful that reasonable actions were taken quickly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Alaska, and those actions have mostly been successful.
There have only been four confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last two days, which shows our state has indeed flattened the curve. The actions taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus came with a tremendous cost to our economy, but I believe it was worth it to put Alaska in the place we are right now.
I write today with information about the actions taken by the Municipality of Anchorage and the State of Alaska to loosen some of the restrictions put in place over the last two months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As more businesses open up and we take advantage of this opportunity to get out of our homes, please remember how dangerous this virus is and how diligent we need to be to keep our friends, family, and neighbors safe.  
Please be safe,
Chris Tuck
Some Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz have started loosening some of the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alaska.
Travel to communities on the road system is now allowed for any purpose for members of the same household. (Includes recreation or sightseeing)
Travelers should wear a mask when interacting with vendors at stores or gas stations.
The State of Alaska is allowing some non-essential businesses to reopen, starting today, if they follow new guidelines.
Restaurants can open for limited in-person dining.
Restaurants can open with reservations and at only 25% capacity.
  • Walk-ins prohibited.
  • Must have hand sanitizer available.
  • 10 feet between tables.
  • Only household members allowed at a table.
  • All employees must wear fabric face coverings.
  • All restaurants are still allowed to remain open for delivery and curbside takeout service.
´╗┐Limited in-store shopping is permitted at retail stores.
  • No more than 20 customers or 25% of the building’s maximum occupancy.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between customers.
  • All employees and customers must wear fabric face coverings.
Businesses that provide personal services can open for limited services. (Includes barbers, nail salons, and hairdressers)
  • Appointments are required.
  • No walk-in customers.
  • One customer per staff member.
  • Customers must be screened ahead of their appointment for COVID-19 symptoms and recent travel.
  • Workstations must be cleaned after each customer.
Governor Dunleavy extended the health mandate governing international and interstate travel until May 19.
  • All visitors to Alaska are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Travelers are required to sign a form with their contact information and the address where they will self-quarantine.
  • Violators are subject to a $25,000 fine or jail time.
  • The social distancing requirements in Alaska have been extended until further notice.
 
Opening Up Anchorage
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz unveiled a plan to begin opening the city up after weeks under a ‘hunker down’ order.
Some businesses can open or expand operations starting on Monday.
Restaurants can open for reservations. (Walk-in visits are prohibited)
  • Parties are limited to household members.
  • 25% of the maximum capacity.
  • Tables must be 10 feet apart or greater.
  • All employees and customers are encouraged to wear masks. (Except while eating)
  • Self-service buffets and salad bars are prohibited.
  • Menus must be disposable or must be sanitized between uses.
  • Hand sanitizer must be publicly available for all customers.
  • Workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, and restaurants must undergo hourly touch-point sanitizing.
  • All staff must be screened before working.
Retail stores in Anchorage can begin opening again on Monday.
  • Employees and customers must adhere to the social distancing protocol of 6 feet.
  • Only one adult per household.
  • Customers and employees must wear face coverings.
  • Hand sanitizer must be publicly available for customers.
  • Items being returned or dropped off must be sanitized before restocking.
  • Businesses are limited to a maximum capacity of 20 customers or 25% of the approved occupancy.
  • Cashiers must be 6 feet apart or greater.
  • All staff must be screened before their shift begins.
Businesses that provide personal care services can open if they follow strict public safety guidelines.
  • Businesses can only accept reservations. Walk-in customers are not allowed.
  • Customers must be screened when they make a reservation.
  • Waiting areas must remain closed.
  • Only the customer receiving service may enter, except for a parent or guardian.
  • The number of clients in a store must be limited to one person per barber/stylist/technician.
  • Barbers, stylists, and technicians must, at a minimum, wear a surgical mask because cloth face coverings do not provide sufficient protection.
Visit www.muni.org/covid-19 for updated information about the Municipality’s actions regarding COVID-19.
 
Health Care Services Can Resume
Health care providers are now allowed to resume services that don’t require the use of personal protective equipment. (Includes physicals, routine exams, and minimal procedures)
Providers must screen all patients for recent illness, travel, fever, or recent exposure to COVID-19. (Test all patients for COVID-19 if possible)
The order applies to:
  • Athletic trainers.
  • Chiropractors.
  • Dentists.
  • Hearing aid dealers.
  • Marital and family therapists.
  • Massage therapists.
  • Midwives.
  • Naturopaths.
  • Physical therapists.
  • Professional counselors.
  • Veterinarians.
Starting on May 4, health care providers can resume non-urgent and elective services.
  • All patients should be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours.
  • No visitors except for end of life visits, a parent of a minor, and one spouse or caregiver.
  • Patients should have a plan in place for returning to their home community if travel restrictions are in place.
State health officials believe the state has enough protective medical equipment and hospital capacity to allow elective procedures to resume.
The State of Alaska is requiring health insurers to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing.
  • Insurers are required to liberalize telehealth benefits.
 
Rep. Chris Tuck | Website