ALASKA SPORT and PERSONAL USE FISHING COVID-19 RESPONSE GROUP GUIDANCE for FISHING IN ALASKA AVAILABLE NOW
HEALTH MANDATES AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan

Effective May 22, 2020, Governor Dunleavy activated Phases 3 and 4 of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. Businesses, houses of worship, libraries, museums, recreational activities and sports activities are all authorized to function at 100% capacity. Individuals and businesses are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to continue health and hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.

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Effective May 22, 2020, Governor Dunleavy activated Phases 3 and 4 of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. Businesses, houses of worship, libraries, museums, recreational activities and sports activities are all authorized to function at 100% capacity. Individuals and businesses are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to continue health and hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Alaskans and Alaskan businesses truly rose to the occasion to curtail the spread of COVID-19, and many of the actions we took will continue to be the basis for success in the future. While no longer mandated, the State of Alaska strongly encourages the following:

• Stay six feet or more away from non-family members.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Wipe down surfaces frequently.
• Wear a face covering when in a public setting in close contact with others.
• Stay home if you are sick and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms.
• Be mindful and respectful to those Alaskans that are most vulnerable to this virus. Those being our seniors and those with existing health issues.

You can view additional precautions for Alaska anglers here. 

Exceptions/restrictions/closures:

  • 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel to Alaska remains in place. This will be reevaluated by June 2, 2020, but will be reviewed weekly.
  • All senior centers, prisons, and institutions will continue to have restricted access.
  • Any proposed large public gatherings such as festivals and concerts need to consult first with public health before scheduling.
  • The State will continue to work with large industries to protect their workforce and the communities in which they operate.
  • Communities may still elect to keep in place travel restrictions.
    • Some Alaskan communities may wish to extend restrictions on non-essential travel into their communities for health reasons. Check with your local community.
  • Health Mandates 15 (Elective Medical/Dental), Health Mandate 17 (Commercial Fishing), and Health Mandate 18 (Intrastate Travel) remain in effect.

An overview of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan can be viewed here, including sector-specific guidance for businesses and entities. 

State of Alaska General Guidance for Reopening can be viewed here. 

State of Alaska Detailed Guidance for Reopening can be viewed here. 

 

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ALASKA HEALTH MANDATES

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. You’ll find a summary of all Alaska COVID-19 Health Mandates, and links to the original documents, here.
Health mandates must be followed. Under the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan, many Mandates have been rescinded. Precautions and Guidance offered by rescinded mandates are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to be maintained in order to prevent future outbreaks. 

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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. You’ll find a summary of all Alaska COVID-19 Health Mandates, and links to the original documents, here.
Health mandates must be followed. Under the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan, many Mandates have been rescinded. Precautions and Guidance offered by rescinded mandates are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to be maintained in order to prevent future outbreaks. 

Mandate Title Summary Term 
Health Mandate 01 Visitation at State Institutes, Non-Contact Student Days at Schools 1.1 Suspends visitation to DOC facilities, juvenile justice facilities, AK Military Youth Academy and AK Psychiatric Institute; Limits visitation at Pioneer Homes Rescinded
1.2 Public schools are in session, but students may not physically attend; after school activities are suspended Rescinded
Health Mandate 02 State Libraries, Archives, Museums & Residential Schools 2.1 All libraries, archives, and museums are closed to the public Rescinded
2.2 Residential school programs shall return students to their families and home communities Rescinded
Health Mandate 03 Statewide Closure Restaurants, Bars, Entertainment 3.1 All bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages are closed to the public for dine-in service (with some exceptions). Rescinded
Health Mandate 04 Travel Guidance for quarantine of travelers returning from areas with widespread, ongoing community spread of COVID-19 and guidance for social distancing for travelers returning from outside of Alaska. Rescinded
Health Mandate 05 Elective Medical Procedures All patients, providers, hospitals and surgical centers are required to postpone or cancel all non-urgent or elective procedures for three months.

SUPERSEDED by Mandate 15

SUPERSEDED by Mandate 15
Health Mandate 06 Elective Oral Health Procedures Elective oral health care procedures are required to be postponed for a period of one month. Treatment for dental emergencies may continue.

SUPERSEDED by Mandate 15

SUPERSEDED by Mandate 15
Health Mandate 07 Fairbanks North Star Borough & Ketchikan Gateway Borough – Personal Care Services and Gatherings Effectively closes operations of all businesses, congregations or gatherings where individuals are within 6 feet of each other in FNSB and KGB. Rescinded
Health Mandate 08 Public and Private Schools Public and private schools are closed to students through May 1, 2020; all after school activities suspended during this time. Rescinded
Health Mandate 09

Mandate 09 FAQs 

Personal Care Services and Gatherings Effectively closes operations of all businesses, congregations or gatherings where individuals are within 6 feet of each other statewide; limits gatherings to fewer than 10 people.

See also Mandate 15.

Rescinded
Health Mandate 10

Mandate 10 FAQs

International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self- Quarantine All people arriving in Alaska are required to self-quarantine for 14 days; essential infrastructure workers are exempt. Reevaluate by June 2, 2020
Health Mandate 11

Mandate 11 and 12 FAQ’s

Social Distancing Restricts the movement of individuals in Alaska; all persons except those in essential services are to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing. Outdoor activity (e.g., walking, hiking, bicycling, running, fishing or hunting) is permitted when social distancing can be maintained. Rescinded
Health Mandate 12

Mandate 11 and 12 FAQ’s

Intrastate Travel – Limiting travel between communities to critical infrastructure or critical personal needs 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. Personal travel for subsistence is allowed. Rescinded
Health Mandate 13 K-12 Public and Private Schools Closes all public and private school buildings through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. (Supercedes Health Mandate 8) Rescinded
Health Mandate 14 Non-Congregate Sheltering Order Prepares the State to implement a temporary quarantine and isolation program utilizing hotels, college and university dormitories, and properly modified non-traditional structures to house three specific populations:

  • First responders and healthcare workers.
  • Homeless families, with at least one member who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Homeless individuals who require quarantine or isolation.
Until Rescinded
Health Mandate 15 Services by Health Care Providers Resumes certain services by Health Care Providers, phased in over time and subject to amendment.
Supersedes Mandate 05 and Mandate 06, and affects providers addressed in Mandate 09.
None noted
Health Mandate 16

Attachment J – Fishing Charters

Attachment L – Lodging and Camping

Attachment M – Intrastate Travel & Activities 

Attachment U – Organized Sports, Activities, and Guided Recreation

Re-Open Alaska Responsibly Plan –  Phase II Updated mandates in a series intended to reopen Alaska businesses in a reasonable and safe manner. Includes multiple, sector specific attachments. Rescinded
Health Mandate 17 Protective Measures for Independent Fishing Vessel 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 Until Rescinded or Modified
Health Mandate 18 Intrastate Travel Modifies Health Mandates 12 and 16 (attachment M), re-opening travel on the road system and Marine Highway system throughout Alaska; retains restrictions for essential travel to other communities. Until Rescinded or Modified
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ALASKA HEALTH ALERTS

Health alerts are advisories issued by Department of Health and Social Services leadership.

You’ll find a summary of all Alaska COVID-19 Health Alerts, and links to the original documents, here.

Health alerts should be followed.

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Health alerts are advisories issued by Department of Health and Social Services leadership.

You’ll find a summary of all Alaska COVID-19 Health Alerts, and links to the original documents, here.

Health alerts should be followed.

Health Alert 01 Basketball Tournaments Limit attendance of at-risk individuals at basketball tournaments
Health Alert 02 Community Mitigation Implement social distancing for individuals with respiratory illness, and those in high risk groups.
Health Alert 03 Limiting Exposure at Long-Term Care Facilities Implement screenings for employees and residents of health care facilities; limits visitations at skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes.
Health Alert 04 Recommendations for Keeping Communities Safe Provides guidance for workplaces, schools, homes and businesses to reduce interactions between people.
Health Alert 05 Traveler Guidance Guidance for quarantine of travelers returning from areas with widespread, ongoing community spread of COVID-19 and guidance for social distancing for travelers returning from outside of Alaska.
Health Alert 06 Elective Procedures Encourages patients, providers, hospitals and surgical centers are required to postpone or cancel all non-urgent or elective procedures.
Health Alert 07 Congregate Settings Suspends services that occur in congregate settings (senior centers, adult day services, etc.)
Health Alert 08 Child Care Keeps childcare facilities open, with recommendations for best practices.
Health Alert 09 Non-essential Travel Advises Alaskans to cease non-essential travel; advises tour operators to suspend reservations for any out of state visitors; advises Alaskans to cease non-essential in-state long-distance travel, with specific concern for remote areas
Health Alert 10 Recommendations regarding cloth face coverings Recommends Alaskans utilize face coverings when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Health Alert 11 Safety Guidelines for Religious Services Provides guidance for religious practices
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STATE and FEDERAL GUIDELINES

Staying physically active through activities like sportfishing is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In Alaska fishing remains open, and can be used as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and, on a good day, bring home fresh, wild fish.

The Center for Disease Control offers guidelines for people visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities here.

Additionally, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently announced the following guidelines for private anglers and the personal use fisheries.  The public must:

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Staying physically active through activities like sportfishing is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In Alaska fishing remains open, and can be used as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and, on a good day, bring home fresh, wild food.

The Center for Disease Control offers guidelines for people visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities here.

Additionally, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently announced the following guidelines for private anglers and the personal use fisheries.  The public must:

  1. Conduct your fishing activities as close to your home residence as possible;
  2. Local mandates may be authorized under Public Health Mandate 012. Find out local mandates in communities through which you plan to travel and abide by them;
  3. Totally provision your trip from your community of origin. Don’t plan on buying food, drinks or even fuel (if possible) after you begin your trip and until you return home;
  4. Practice social distancing while sport or personal use fishing; and,
  5. Highly suggest anglers wear face coverings as suggested in Health Alert 010 issued April 3, 2020.

Personal choices as anglers can have a significant impact on others. Find out more about how to  go fishing while protecting the public health here.

A spreadsheet of the latest information on executive orders, closures and advisories from across the nation can be accessed here.

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Guidance, plans, and protocols presented here are not intended as a legal standard of care or industry standard. This information is offered to assist participants in sport and personal use fishery related activities and businesses in complying with Health Mandates issued by the State of Alaska. This document does not carry legal or regulatory authority.