Public health officials fear the rise in cases could put local hospital capacity past the brink, leading to unnecessary deaths. These entities are instead subject to the limitations and other criteria in Attachment C. f. University classrooms may continue to operate under the prior 15-person indoor gathering limitation. All businesses and other entities must promptly communicate to their employees and state and local public health departments (email: COVID-19-Business@anchorageak.gov) if a known or probable COVID-19 exposure occurred in the workplace. March 17, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today issued the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 Health Mandate 003 and 004 to prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. This information must be retained by businesses for not less than 30 days. The following exceptions apply to the gathering limits: a. Information in the visitor log will not be collected unless needed for contact tracing or enforcement of this order. Update Effective: November 21, 2020 Expiration: Until Rescinded . The gathering limitation does not limit drive-in events where groups remain within separate vehicles spaced at least six feet apart (or ten feet apart if singing by audience members is anticipated) so long as no food, drink, or other goods are passed between vehicles. Anderson said the community needs to get the virus under control this winter so tourists can return to the state and bolster the economy in the summer. The deadline for residential congregate care facilities to apply for CARES Act funding and submit a signed attestation has been extended to 5:00 p.m., December 11, 2020. Still, the new changes fall short of Anchorage Health Department recommendations. Destination Expert. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Case count updates on Mondays will … ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The acting mayor of Anchorage said there will be no new mandates related to the coronavirus this week, but left the door open for new orders if … Anchorage Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson on Wednesday announced that the municipality will return to a limited hunker-down order for the month of December, with no indoor dining allowed at restaurants or bars, stricter gathering size limits, more limited capacity at various businesses and the closure of indoor entertainment facilities. For weeks, single-day counts have ranged from 300 to 500, steadily increasing over time. for Anchorage. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed, Alaska is taking steps now. Educational institutions with grades pre-K through 12 are subject to an indoor capacity limitation of 50% of classroom occupancy based on building and fire codes. ISSUED BY THE ACTING MAYOR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE PURSUANT TO ANCHORAGE MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 3.80.060H. I HEREBY ORDER THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY REGULATIONS, UPDATED AS OF 8:00 A.M. ON DECEMBER I, 2020. Notice To Travelers Arriving in Alaska Beginning Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:01am travelers arriving into Alaska from another state or country must follow new protocols. Indoor entertainment and recreation facilities, including bingo halls, theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades must be closed. All individuals must wear masks or face coverings and maintain six feet of physical distancing between household groups at all gatherings. However, on Friday, Anchorage Health Department Director Heather Harris endorsed the changes, saying she hoped the community steps up so Anchorage doesn’t reach a “hunker down” level. Quinn-Davidson said she worked with Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop in deciding to limit school capacity. Tom Hennessy, an epidemiologist at University of Alaska Anchorage, said smaller gatherings are safer, though all come with risk. Additional requirements for this industry are provided in Attachment G. 9. Wedding or funeral receptions with food or drink are subject to the above limits of six people indoors or ten people outdoors. Individuals are required to wear a face covering or mask in public, as detailed in Emergency Order 13. The daily COVID case count in Alaska has declined from an all-time high of 734 new cases November 27, 2020, to 180 new cases January 12, 2021. November 25, 2020 Downtown Anchorage, as seen from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in April, 2020. Effective 12:01 a.m. March 25, 2020, all international and interstate travelers arriving in Alaska are required to abide by the State of Alaska’s Health Mandate 10.1. Aubrey Wieber covered Anchorage city government and other assignments as a reporter for the ADN in 2019 and 2020. For everyone else, face shields are not a permitted replacement for a face mask. 13. Religious communities and individuals facilitating political expression are strongly encouraged to be more stringent by conducting virtual gatherings online, limiting any in person gatherings to 25% of indoor capacity, and eliminating in-person singing by congregants or choirs. Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub updates typically occur by noon and provisional data are subject to change. People become infected by inhaling these droplets or aerosols. 14. First, COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. Daily News reporter Emily Goodykoontz contributed. Those mandates were imposed by then-mayor Ethan Berkowitz, and galvanized a vocal and persistent opposition that frequently protested at Assembly meetings. COVID-19 Health Mandate 013 on K-12 Public and Private Schools supersedes Health Mandate 008, and extends the statewide public and private school closure from May 1, 2020 to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. People attending gatherings must wear masks. Municipal Attorney Kate Vogel said the city has a range of fines it can impose on violators of the mask mandate, starting at $50. The Additional requirements for indoor gyms and fitness centers are provided in Attachment F. 8. Outdoor gatherings, currently limited to 50 people with food and drink and 100 without, will be limited to 20 people with food and drink and 30 people without. In addition to fines and other penalties currently provided by law, violations of this emergency order may result in mandatory suspension of activities or closure of individual businesses, non-profits, and other entities for a period of up to two weeks. The city of Anchorage on Friday announced the removal of mask mandate exemptions, ordered new limits on gathering sizes and said the city will be stepping up enforcement, as COVID-19 case rates continued to increase at a rate that alarmed public health officials. See the original (November 7, 2020) announcement for more information. “I can’t believe that we can’t, as Alaskans, do that,” he said. Questions? Anchorage is on the brink of overwhelming our public health capacity, endangering the lives and wellbeing of the people of Anchorage. The emergency order took effect Sunday March 22 at 10 p.m. and runs through at least the end of April 14. 7. This information may be kept electronically. THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY REGULATIONS HA VE THE POWER OF LAW, SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL 8:00 A.M. ON JANUARY I, 2021, AND SHALL SUPERSEDE ALL CONFLICTING LAWS DURING THE EXISTENCE OF THIS EMERGENCY. c. Wedding and funeral services without food or drink are subject to a limit of 20 people. Fifth, face coverings help protect the wearer and other people from COVID-19. On the occasions when individuals leave home, they shall maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from any person outside their household whenever possible. PROCLAMATION OF ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY ORDER EO-16. All places of worship and political expression that are open to the public for gatherings must create written COVID-19 mitigation plans, maintain hard copies on site, make the plans available to congregants or other visitors, and train staff on implementation of the plans. 5. Gatherings are defined as meetings or other events that bring together people from multiple households at the same time for a shared or group experience in a single room, space, or place such as auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting hall, or other indoor or outdoor space. All indoor gatherings are limited to six people in a single enclosed indoor space. The outdoor areas of restaurants, bars, and breweries are limited to table service, with each table ten feet apart or greater, measured edge to edge. These businesses are encouraged to prioritize telephone and online ordering; increase their offerings of curbside, entryway, and delivery services, and implement reserved hours of operation limited to high-risk populations. Posted on November 16, 2020. From May through November 2020, Alaska Survey Research conducted three population-based cell phone surveys among Anchorage residents regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. “ASD fully understands the intent of these new Municipal mandates and will be able to operate within the parameters, while still providing the best possible in-person education for our youngest students,” Brown said in an email. e. The gathering limitation does not apply to indoor shopping special events, such as holiday bazaars. That’s so Anchorage residents are more comfortable going back to stores, restaurants and other businesses like they normally would, she said. This brief report summarizes key findings from a population-based cell phone survey (N = 600) conducted November 5-7, 2020. Even with the ability to stand up emergency medical shelters in arenas, they fear they will lack staffing to operate them. Teams may not conduct indoor practice that requires players to be within ten feet of each other, but may conduct indoor trainings or practices that allow physical distancing to be maintained, subject to the requirements in Attachment E. Outdoor sports may continue subject to the requirements in Attachment E. Teams from the Municipality of Anchorage that cannot play or practice in the Municipality should not travel outside the Municipality for practice or competition. Employers shall not knowingly permit symptomatic employees or others likely to be contagious with COVID-19 to enter the workplace or work outside the home. Worship services and political expression gatherings are instead subject to a 50% indoor capacity limitation based on building and fire codes, and physical distancing should be maintained continuously between different households. 12. "We must get our COVID numbers under control now to save lives and support our businesses.”. “In another week, week-and-a-half, we’ll be looking at those numbers and potentially making some tough decisions,” Quinn-Davidson said. Read the new rules at the Traveler Information Page. Any establishments serving the public in a sit-down setting, or for an in-person appointment or service lasting fifteen minutes or longer shall require all adult customers or clients to sign in with legible contact information including first and last name, phone number, and email address in case it is needed for state or local contact tracing efforts. 4. Retail and Other Public-Facing Businesses. c. Household members of those who are possibly contagious should exercise physical distancing and enhanced hygiene within the home, and refrain from leaving the home to the extent possible. When this is all over, we welcome you with open arms back into our businesses.”. Individuals. The city of Anchorage on Friday announced the removal of mask mandate exemptions, ordered new limits on gathering sizes and said the city will be stepping up enforcement, as COVID-19 … Alaska Anchorage notified the WCHA on Friday that the Seawolves will opt out of the 2020-21 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Third, even people with no symptoms can be highly infectious to the people around them. Around the same time the city of Anchorage was announcing the changes, the state announced 504 new cases of COVID-19, the second-highest single-day count to date, with more than half being reported in Anchorage. All outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Bingo Halls, Theaters, Private Clubs, and Other Recreation and Entertainment Facilities Closed. He said more enforcement is helpful to businesses. Anchorage School District spokesman Alan Brown said the district is confident the new restrictions will not interfere with the district’s plans to begin returning some Anchorage students to school on Nov. 16. Your message. Salons and Personal Care Service Providers Limited. Second, this virus spreads easily to people who are in close contact to a person with COVID19, especially indoors, and especially when the contact lasts more than fifteen minutes. 3. Read our community guidelines. Extended by the Assembly until April 14 (AR 2020-85), until June 5 (AR 2020-110), until July 31 (AR 2020-198), until October 16 (AR 2020-268), until November 30 (AR 2020-379), and then until January 15 (AR 2020-398) How to report a violation of an Emergency Order: Send an email to COVID-19-business@anchorageak.gov or file online. The gathering limitation does not apply to daycares, day camps, or educational institutions for grades pre-K through 12. © 2021 Anchorage Daily News. 217 reviews. Stay updated with the latest announcements, information, resources and maps about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Anchorage The data hub will update a Monday through Friday schedule, with no updates made on weekends or state holidays. Hotels must supply personal protective equipment, sufficient sanitation opportunities, and adequate cleaning supplies to employees. Indoor Gyms, Recreation and Fitness Centers are Capped at 25% of Capacity and Group Classes Limited. A total of 14 COVID-19 related surveys have been conducted by the Municipality of Anchorage since May 2020. Dunleavy appeals ruling requiring administration to invite owner of political website to news conferences, Former Capitol security officials cast blame for Jan. 6 insurrection, Interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland tells Senate hearing she’ll balance energy and climate concerns, Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 346 cases and 1 death reported since Friday, In 1930, the FBI cracked the case of a Ketchikan murder — thanks to an incriminating can of sliced peaches. Otherwise, businesses and restaurants will close. 4/7/2020 . The following findings about COVID-19 motivate these mandates and recommendations. d. Individuals who learn that they have been a close contact of a positive case (within 6 feet for fifteen minutes during a 24-hour period) shall quarantine for the length of time directed by a public health professional. Anchorage will enter ‘modified hunker down’ for December November 27, 2020 by Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media Downtown Anchorage, as seen from the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail … November 15, 2020 November 15, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued a series of COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders following the issuance of the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration effective November 16, 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the State of Alaska. Travel from the road system or Alaska Marine Highyway System (AMHS) to communities off of the road system or AMHS: Travelers infected with COVID-19 must not travel until cleared from isolation by a medical professional. All rights reserved. 2. 6, individuals who have traveled from outside Alaska are required upon arrival/return to limit contact with others pending negative COVID-19 testing results or to self-quarantine. Quinn-Davidson said businesses have been calling on the city to step up enforcement. 10. All rights reserved. Individuals m physically going to their workplace if it is possible to work remotely and should avoid physically entering indoor spaces outside the home to the greatest extent possible, instead using curbside or delivery services, minimizing the number of shopping trips, and minimizing the number of household members on each outing. Individuals likely to be contagious with COVID-19 are required to minimize contact with others as follows: a. © 2021 Anchorage Daily News. Read the full text of the new emergency order below. The emergency order makes exceptions only for work in certain critical jobs, to get groceries or other important goods, to receive or provide health care, and to get outside for exercise, provided that contact with others is limited. ISSUED this 25th day of November, 2020… Schools will be limited to 50% of their fire code capacity. Health Mandate 10.1 International and Interstate Travel - Order for Self-Quarantine. Additional Requirements for Hotels and Other Lodging. Anderson pleaded with the public to follow the mandates, saying people need to wear masks, wash their hands and stay distant. b. There was a lull in cases of the virus after the August shutdown, but they have been increasing since, and city leaders have declined to shut the hospitality sector down a third time despite community spread of COVID-19 being more rampant than ever. will return to a limited hunker-down order for the month of December, Dunleavy appeals ruling requiring administration to invite owner of political website to news conferences, Former Capitol security officials cast blame for Jan. 6 insurrection, Interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland tells Senate hearing she’ll balance energy and climate concerns, Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 346 cases and 1 death reported since Friday, In 1930, the FBI cracked the case of a Ketchikan murder — thanks to an incriminating can of sliced peaches. Organized sports teams may not gather with or compete against other teams indoors. New hospitalizations for COVID patients statewide have plummeted from a high of 21 new cases November 25, 2020, to … The Municipality has also prepared answers for frequently asked questions about the order. ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The acting mayor of Anchorage said there will be no new mandates related to the coronavirus this week, but left the … Outdoor tents must have the equivalent of two sides open to allow ventilation. Get notified by e … Quinn-Davidson announced that several exemptions from Anchorage’s mask mandate, or Emergency Order 13, are being removed starting Monday at 8 a.m. American Sign Language (ASL) access is available at www.muni.org/ASLBriefing, [Above: City briefing on Friday with Acting Anchorage Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson and others]. It moves from person to person through tiny respiratory droplets and aerosols that are released when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, talks, or sings. Other outdoor dining situations (like tents designed to shelter a single household) must be submitted to the Anchorage Health Department for approval prior to use under this EO. Salons and personal care service providers are limited to 25% of fire code capacity. Retail stores and all other public-facing businesses not mentioned above are limited to 25% of building occupancy and must operate in a manner sufficient to permit customers to have six-feet of physical distance from other household groups. Communication to Employees and Others of Known COVID-19 Exposure Required. November 3, 2020 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s governor said imposing mask mandates to stem the spread of the coronavirus should be implemented by local governments, but some municipal leaders argue they do not have the power. 1. The original mandate, which went into effect June 29, had a number of exemptions, including children under 12 who weren’t under parent supervision, people who were exercising and felt wearing a mask interfered with their breathing and those who could not tolerate it for medical or disability reasons. Fourth, keeping a safe distance-at least 6 feet-away from other people outside your household is the best way to reduce transmission and prevent infection. 6. Because of the above, Anchorage now needs the following restrictions on public interactions to preserve health and save lives in our community. Everyone in the Municipality of Anchorage (the “Municipality”) shall limit outings and physical contact with those outside of their household. Hennessy said despite rising case numbers, individual behavior like better mask-wearing and social distancing should be enough to slow the spread. With more than 60,600 cases, including 1,429 new cases on Friday, North Dakota saw a more than 17% rise in cases in the past seven days, according to the COVID … Level Contributor . Legible Visitor Logs Required. By Associated Press , Wire Service Content Nov. 17, 2020 … The municipality’s mask mandate, as well as the original “hunker down” in the spring and then a four-week bar and restaurant closure in August, proved controversial. Contact Jana … Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Organized Sports Subject to Limitations and Closed to Indoor Competition. Anchorage mayor says no new COVID-19 mandates this week November 20, 2020 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The acting mayor of Anchorage said there will be no new mandates related to the coronavirus this week, but left the door open for new orders if virus cases continue to rise. Churches and places where there is political expression are limited to 50% of their fire code capacity. Reply to: Can someone clarify this part of Covid mandate. California. People who cannot work safely with a mask on, such as drivers wearing glasses that could fog up, can wear a face shield. Statewide order: Yes. Hospitality Industry (Including Bars, Breweries, Restaurants, and Nightclubs) Closed Except for Outdoor Dining, Take-out and Delivery Service. e. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 shall remain in isolation during their infectious period, which is ten days following symptom onset (or a positive test date if asymptomatic) or for a different time period directed by their health care provider. As detailed in the State’s Health Order No. Additional requirements for outdoor service are provided in Attachment D. 5. Anchorage residents have been asked to stay home as much as possible. A gathering is defined as a meeting or event that brings people from multiple households together in a single space, such as an auditorium, stadium, conference room or meeting hall. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The acting mayor of Anchorage said there will be no new mandates related to the coronavirus this week, but left the … Quinn-Davidson said she hopes to slow the virus without using such blunt measures. The first cell phone survey was conducted May 6–10, which was followed by four panel surveys conducted at 2-week intervals. 4. Masks are recommended, but not required, for children ages 2 to 5. To reduce the level of COVID-19 transmission in our community we need individuals to temporarily return to hunker down behaviors, and we need businesses to temporarily close where they cannot keep individuals six feet apart, masked, and prevent lingering. THIS ORDER SUPERSEDES AND REPLACES EMERGENCY ORDER 14, EMERGENCY ORDER 11, AND EMERGENCY ORDER I0. And in Anchorage, one epidemiologist says a mandate … The Anchorage Assembly has agreed to extend the municipality’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. We hope Alaskans will step up.”. Acting Anchorage Mayor Quinn-Davidson said the new restrictions — which cap indoor gatherings without food or drink at 15 people rather than 30, with some exceptions for places like churches, and lower the required mask-wearing age to children over 5 — are aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. November 13, 2020 Alex Frye was set to start his sophomore year at Alaska Anchorage in 2020-21 (photo: Chase Burnett/UAA Athletics). Posted Nov 20, 2020 7:24 am MST Last Updated Nov 20, 2020 at 7:30 am MST ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The acting mayor of Anchorage said there will be no new mandates related to the coronavirus this week, but left the door open for new orders if virus cases continue to rise. Indoor group fitness classes require ten feet of physical distancing between participants. On March 2… [Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 504 new cases reported Friday, with no deaths but another hospitalization record]. Health Mandate 12 will be reevaluated by May 19, 2020. 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