Like the rest of the world the last frontier has been impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The Governor of Alaska has issued mandates intended to slow the spread within the state. These mandates will affect you and your plans to travel to the great state in the spring of 2020 and possibly even later in the year.
Below is a brief summary of the key Mandates that directly impact those planning travel to Alaska. These Mandates make recreational travel to the great state impractical at this time. Hopefully, the restrictions will be lifted in time for travel this summer.
The Governor’s Mandate 010, International and Interstate Travel, requires that all persons traveling into the state must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Prior to travel, persons are required to declare where they will self-quarantine and then go to that location immediately upon arrival in Alaska. This mandate became effective on March 25 and has been extended to May 19th. Hopefully, after May 19 this will no longer be a requirement.
Governor’s Mandate 011, required Social Distancing and closure of certain non-essential businesses, but limited operation of those is now allowed by a new Mandate 16. Mandate 011 has been superseded by other mandates.
Governor’s Mandate 012, Intrastate Travel prohibits travel between communities within Alaska, except for certain specified purposes. This Mandate has been extended until rescinded. It has been modified to permit travel in a car by members of the same household (Attachment M, Mandate 016)
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, has issued a clarification indicating that sports fishing is allowed in Alaska and the public is permitted to travel to fishing locations outside of their communities. But additional rules about the travel apply, as does the Social Distancing requirement.
Those planning to travel to Alaska are advised to keep current with the Alaska Governor’s updates. If the Governor’s Mandates prevent your planned travel and you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation with Bear Paw Adventure, please call us at 866 286 0576 or email us at email@example.com. We are waiving our usual change or cancelation charges for reservations made directly with us and where change is required by COVID-19 considerations.
April 25, 2020John at Bear Paw Adventure