Phase Two allows most non-essential businesses to reopen with safeguards.
May 6, 2020 – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced plans for Phase Two of the State’s approach to reopening segments of the Alaskan economy in an effort to balance the ongoing need to slow the rate of the COVID-19 infection with the critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.
Beginning Friday, May 8, 2020, Phase Two of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan will take effect, allowing most non-essential businesses to reopen with safeguards. This will allow for the following:
- 50% capacity for retail, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses outlined in Phase One. Walk-ins permitted.
- 50% capacity, or up to 20 patrons, for personal care services. Reservations only.
- 50 person capacity for social and religious gatherings.
- 25% capacity for fitness centers. Walk-ins permitted.
- 50% capacity for swimming pools. Walk-ins permitted.
- 25% capacity for bars, libraries, and museums. Walk-ins permitted.
Additional guidance will be available on May 7, 2020 at https://covid19.alaska.gov/reopen/.
CARES Act Funds
Governor Dunleavy called upon the Alaska Legislative Budget and Audit (LB&A) Committee to meet as soon as possible and approve the distribution of the pending $870 million CARES Act funds to Alaskan communities and businesses.
On March 26th, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act. President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act on March 27th. On April 21st, upon receiving the funds from the U.S. Treasury, the Dunleavy administration submitted an initial distribution plan to the LB&A Committee for consideration. On May 1st, following meetings with lawmakers, community leaders, and federal partners, the Dunleavy Administration submitted a revised distribution plan to the LB&A Committee, requesting expedited action.
The Governor’s COVID-19 Health Mandates can be found here.
For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.alaska.gov/