ALASKA SPORT and PERSONAL USE FISHING COVID-19 RESPONSE GROUP GUIDANCE for FISHING IN ALASKA AVAILABLE NOW
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Under the State of Alaska Health Mandates fishing is considered a Critical Business, part of the Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure allowed to operate at this time. These businesses must submit a plan to Unified Command as soon as possible, and must address the following minimum required elements:

  • Contact Information and Location(s)
  • Screening of Personnel
  • Self-Quarantine
  • Protecting the Public
  • Workplace Protective Measures
  • Travel Plans and Procedures
  • Procedures for Personnel who Become Ill
  • Continued Maintenance/Operation of Critical Infrastructure
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Under the State of Alaska Health Mandates fishing is considered a Critical Business, part of the Essential Services and Critical Infrastructure allowed to operate at this time. These businesses must submit a plan to Unified Command as soon as possible, and must address the following minimum required elements:

  • Contact Information and Location(s)
  • Screening of Personnel
  • Self-Quarantine
  • Protecting the Public
  • Workplace Protective Measures
  • Travel Plans and Procedures
  • Procedures for Personnel who Become Ill
  • Continued Maintenance/Operation of Critical Infrastructure

Plans must be submitted to AKCovidPlans@ak-prepared.com; once a completed plan is on file with the State operations may commence in accordance with State Mandates. The State of Alaska may require changes to plans submitted by businesses. Until such time as you receive additional guidance from the State of Alaska, either through a direct message from our staff or a follow-on Health Mandate or Alert, please execute your plan as you have submitted it.

Complete guidance for required Community/Workforce Protective Plans can be viewed here.

The Alaska Sport and Personal Use Fishing COVID-19 Response Group been working to develop templates for use by businesses operating, or seeking to operate, at this time. The Response Group is working with the State of Alaska to refine the templates below. Businesses are welcome to download and personalize the plans for their respective businesses. Details within the plans presented here are subject to change.

Plans and protocols are presented here as a draft and are not intended as a legal standard of care or industry standard. These documents are offered to assist participants in sport and personal use fishery related businesses in complying with Health Mandates issued by the State of Alaska, which are subject to change. These documents do not carry legal or regulatory authority.

Templates:

Attachments:

As noted in Alaska Health Mandate 10, Attachment A, 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. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

  • 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.
  • Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

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

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BUSINESS RESOURCES

The COVID-19 Crisis has hit businesses across the globe in significant ways, and Alaska’s sportfishing community is being impacted as well. The State of Alaska and the Federal Government have made programs available to assist through this time, primarily through the CARES Act. Alaska businesses are encouraged to review these programs and determine if they are eligible to participate.

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The COVID-19 Crisis has hit businesses across the globe in significant ways, and Alaska’s sportfishing community is being impacted as well. The State of Alaska and the Federal Government have made programs available to assist through this time, primarily through the CARES Act. Alaska businesses are encouraged to review these programs and determine if they are eligible to participate.

***Updated APRIL 28, 2020***

The PPP, a temporary program operated by the Small Business Administration and established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, offers small businesses, struggling from the economic down-turn, low-interest loans to cover payroll and certain other expenses over an eight-week period. Under the statute, a business’s loan amount is calculated based on a twelve-week period beginning on February 15 or March 1, 2019. As a result, many businesses with little or no operations or expenses during that time of year found themselves eligible for only minimal PPP loan relief.

Under Treasury’s interim final ruleseasonal employers can choose any consecutive 12-week base payroll period between May 1 and September 15, 2019 to determine their PPP loan amount.

Due to the urgency of the challenges facing many seasonal employers, the Treasury Department has made the interim final rule effective immediately. The rule authorizes all lenders to use the alternate criterion when originating loans for seasonal employers.

The final day to apply for and receive a PPP loan remains June 30, 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Local Resources

The Alaska Department of Commerce provides access to Micro Loans, Small business loans, and Rural Development Initiative funds and other State programs available to Alaska small businesses.

See Division of Economic Developments -Investments

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CLEANING and DISINFECTING

Cleaning and disinfecting your vessel, facilities, and gear is critical to maintaining a safe operation. You can view the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting here. A discussion of preferred disinfecting agents and be found here. ECO Lab offers this guidance for cleaning facilities.  Always use care when transporting, mixing or using cleaning and disinfecting chemicals.

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Cleaning and disinfecting your vessel, facilities, and gear is critical to maintaining a safe operation. You can view the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting here. A discussion of preferred disinfecting agents and be found here. ECO Lab offers this guidance for cleaning facilities.  Always use care when transporting, mixing or using cleaning and disinfecting chemicals.

  • Clean surfaces using soap and water before using disinfectants. Proper cleaning will remove larger debris and allow disinfectants to reach more of the surface.
  • Launder items on the warmest appropriate setting and dry them completely.
  • Wear disposable gloves for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

Disinfecting Solutions have many pros and cons, which you can see here. Please read and follow instructions for the safe use of the following products:

  • Chlorine Bleach (at appropriate dilutions)
  • Alcohol Products (at concentrations greater than 70%)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (at concentrations greater than 0.5%)

Proper cleaning and disinfecting at your business isn’t just a good health and safety policy – failure to follow the plans you have on file with the State may have serious consequences.

As noted in Alaska Health Mandate 10, Attachment A, 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. Reckless endangerment is defined as follows:

  • 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.
  • Reckless endangerment is a class A misdemeanor.

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

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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.