Issued March 17, 2020
By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska
To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing
its third health mandate.
The Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11,
2020 provides for health mandates to be issued when deemed necessary by the Alaska Department of
Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer, the Alaska Division of Public Health, and
the Office of the Governor.
By order of the Governor, beginning March 18 at 5 p.m., and continuing until April 1 at 5 p.m., the following mandates are in effect:
With the goal of minimizing in-person interaction in enclosed spaces, effective March 18 at 5 p.m. all bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages within th State of Alaska shall be closed to the public dine-in service. All buffets and salad bars are closed to self-service. A copy of this order, or a sign communicating the closure information, shall be prominently posted by the person having control of the establishment.
Places of public accommodation are encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.
In offering food or beverage, a place of public accommodation subject to this section may permit up to five members of the public at one time in the place of public accommodation for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least 6 feet apart from one another while on premises.
All entertainment facilities shall be closed to the public, including theaters, gyms and fitness centers, bowling alleys and bingo halls.
The restrictions do not apply to any of the following:
- Places of public accommodation that offer food and beverage not for on premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries, with the exception of their self-service buffets and salad bars.
- Health care facilities, pharmacies, child care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
- Crisis shelters, soup kitchens, or similar institutions.
- Employee cafeterias within a business, with the exception of their self-service buffets and salad bars.
- Restaurants and food courts inside the secured zones of airports.
These measures are being implemented to protect all Alaskans and we appreciate the public and business community's understanding of these mandates in an effort to mitigate the impacts of this virus.
For the latest information on COVID-19 visit:
coronavirus.alaska.gov State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 003