FIRE SAFETY MONTH – OCTOBER

Did You Know?

Every October, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) observes Fire Prevention Safety Week for families to plan, prepare and think about the importance of fire safety. Of course, every week is a good week to talk about fire safety because you never know when a fire emergency can strike. Here are a few fire safety tips and facts for you and your family to keep in mind..

Fire Safety Facts & Statistics
On average, seven people die in home fires every day.

Fire departments respond to an average of 355,400 home fires each year. Cooking appliances are the leading cause of home fires. 65 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. It only takes 30 seconds for a small fire to spread.

City Council Meeting Notice – June 18, 2019

There will be a meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a workshop of the City Council beginning at 6:00p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 120 Freeman Drive.

Thank you to everyone who provided comments to the City Clerk regarding the drafted ordinances for Blight being considered for introduction. The City Council will not introduce the Blight Ordinance which would have added Chapter 17.05 to the Thorne Bay Municipal Code.

Providing feedback to the City Clerk as requested in the May Newsletter, helps the City address concerns the public may have over an item, prior to action of the City Council.

DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE JUNE 18th CITY COUNCIL PACKET HERE:

NOTICE OF CANCELLED MEETING

There will be NO CITY COUNCIL MEETING May 21st, 2019, due to the conflicting time of the Thorne Bay Graduation.

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on June 4th at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting will be preceded by a workshop at 6:00 p.m.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT

Parking Requirement Questions?

Contact City Hall with any questions pertaining to parking at 828-3380.

17.04.041 OFF-STREET PARKING REQUIREMENTS.

In all zoning districts, off-street parking shall be provided for all new buildings, existing buildings undergoing a change in use, and commercial buildings that are being enlarged.

A.  Location of Parking Spaces.

All off-street parking provided pursuant to this section shall be provided on the same lot as the use that it serves or an adjacent lot. The planning commission may approve a parking lot in a different location depending on the use the parking will serve.

B.   Parking Design.

A parking space shall be of the dimensions of nine feet by twenty feet to accommodate vehicles of all sizes.

C.   Interpretation of Space Requirements.

When a use cannot be found in this section, the planning commission will determine the most similar use which is specifically listed in subsection D of this section. The parking space requirements shall be the same as that determined use.

D.  Required Parking Spaces.

RESIDENTIAL USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED
Single-family dwellings, duplex, triplex, apartments, mobile homes, trailers and other places containing dwelling units One parking space for each dwelling unit.
COMMERCIAL USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED
Banks and office buildings One public parking space per each 300 square feet of gross floor area, not less than five spaces.
Grocery stores, shopping centers, markets, small retail sales One public parking space per each 400 square feet of gross floor area.
Hotel and motels One public parking space per every two guest rooms
Restaurants, other eating and drinking establishments One-half parking space for each employee plus one public parking space per every five seats.  
Laundromat One public parking space per every two washers.  
Service station, automobile repair shop Two parking spaces for each service stall.  
  INDUSTRIAL USES   MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED  
Manufacturing industries One parking space per 400 square feet of gross floor area plus one parking space for each company vehicle.  
Equipment storage and maintenance One-half parking space for each employee and one space for each company vehicle.  
     
PUBLIC  USES MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES REQUIRED  
Churches, theaters and other places of public assembly One public parking space per five seats.  
Schools One parking space per employee.  
Municipal buildings and health clinics One parking space per employee plus one space for each municipal vehicle plus two visitor spaces.  

(Ord. 93-23 § 6(part), 1993)

10.20.020 PARKING PROHIBITED:

  1. No person shall park a vehicle upon a roadway for the purpose of:
  2. Commercial advertising;
  3. Displaying such vehicle for sale;
  4. Greasing or repairing such vehicle, not necessitated by an emergency;
  5. Washing such vehicle when the person so engaged is in the business of washing vehicles. (Ord. 84-03-22-01 § 3, 1984) (Prior Section 10.20.030 (a-d))
  6. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places and no signs are required: (Prior Section 10.20.040 (a-c))
  7. Within ten feet of an intersection;
  8. Within fifteen feet of any fire hydrant;
  9. Within five feet of a crosswalk, except at an intersection where it shall be ten feet. (Prior Section 10.20.040 (a-c))
  10. No person shall park any vehicle upon a street or highway, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten feet of such roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic (Prior Section 10.20.010)
  11. No person may remove, obliterate, obscure, cover or move any chalk mark or other mark or indication placed by a police officer or parking enforcement officer upon a tire or any part of a vehicle which is parked in a public parking zone or space; provided such marks or objects may be moved or removed in the process of moving the vehicle from the parking space or after the vehicle has been moved from the space. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (a))
  12. A vehicle which has not moved from a parking space shall be deemed to have remained parked or standing in such space until moved. For the purpose of this chapter, a vehicle must vacate the space occupied and be driven completely through a street intersection before it shall be deemed to have been moved from the space. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (b))
  13. Each period or part of a period of time a vehicle remains parked or standing beyond that time permitted under this chapter or as posted shall constitute a separate violation, except that each separate day upon which such a continuing violation exist shall be separate violation if the period of permitted parking is twenty-four hours or greater. Only one citation may be issued during each period which constitutes a separate violation. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (c))
  14. No overnight camping allowed on City property unless otherwise posted. (Prior Section 10.20.080 (d))
  15. No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in the central business traffic district or any business district except for the expeditious loading or unloading of freight or materials and then the vehicle shall be parked in such manner or under such conditions as to leave available not less than ten feet of width of the alley for the free movement of vehicular traffic. (Prior Section 10.20.020)
  16. No person shall leave a disabled or abandoned property on any public street, alley or road for more than forty-eight hours. (Prior Section 10.20.050 (a))(Ordinance 18-08-21-02)

 

10.20.030 – OFF-STREET PARKING PLACE – TIME LIMITED PARKING/PERMIT PARKING

Definition. For the purpose of this section,

  1. Public parking spaces” include all city owned lands including roadways and rights-of-ways
  2. Private parking spaces” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  3. Time limited parking/permit parking” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  4. Harbor Parking- Harbor Zone. Loading and unloading, except for the space designed for the harbormaster, handicapped, ATV vehicles or special use vehicles. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02 Ss; 1-4)
  5. Harbor Parking–Permit Required for Over twelve hours. The parking of any vehicle, boat and/or trailer, motorcycle, RV or other at the Main Harbor, boat launch, and Davidson Landing Harbor areas shall be for no longer than twelve hours, unless a monthly parking permit is obtained at city hall. The permit shall be placed in such a position that it is easily viewed through the windshield, or attached in a secure manner to trailers, etc., as long as the permit is easily viewable by city personnel. The billing cycle for permit parking in these areas shall by from the first of each month to the first of the following month, to correspond to the city’s billing cycle. The first month’s permit fee shall be paid in advance at the time of application plus applicable deposit. If the subsequent invoice is not paid by the due date of the invoice it shall be considered revoked, and the vehicle shall be subject to any applicable provision of the municipal code. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  6. Park and Sell – Permit Required. Permits are sold on a thirty-day period extendable for one additional thirty-day period. Park and Sell is designated to Shoreline Drive across from the Port. The permit shall be placed in such a position that it is easily viewed through the windshield. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  7. Permit Parking – The first month’s permit fee shall be paid in advance at the time of application plus applicable deposit. If the subsequent invoice is not paid by the due date of the invoice it shall be considered revoked, and the vehicle shall be subject to any applicable provision of the municipal code. All vehicles with no visible way to identify the owner will be marked and impounded after two weeks.
  8. Parking Permit Billings – All fee structures for Parking Permits will be set by resolution. Parking Permits will continue to be billed to the customer until the permit has been returned and written notification of removal is submitted to the City of Thorne Bay. (Ord. 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 03-06-05-02 §3, 2003: Ord. 84-03-22-01 §13, 1984 Ord. 09-01-06-01 ~2009)(Ord. 15-09-01-01 SS: D) (Prior Section 10.20.060)

10.20.040 PARKING IN EXCESS OF POSTED TIME LIMIT – PERMIT PARKING.

  1. No person in charge of a vehicle shall park or leave such vehicle in a parking space in the herein established parking lots in excess of the posted time limit.
  2. Any owner or operator of a vehicle who parks or leaves such vehicle in a parking space in the herein established time limited parking/permit parking lots in excess of the time permitted is guilty of an infraction and will be punished by the fine established in 1.16.035 if the offense is listed in that fine schedule or by the fine established in 1.16.030 if the offense is not listed in the fine schedule. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02)

10.20.050 EMERGENCY, STREET MAINTENANCE AND SNOW REMOVAL VEHICLES-OBSTRUCTION PROHIBITED.

  1. The mayor or his/her designee shall post signs on any streets where routine repairs are planned. These posted notices shall be in a prominent place and displayed at least eighteen hours before the work is to be performed. This section does not apply to emergency work that may, from time to time, become necessary on any public utility which is accessible from a street, alley or roadway and which work is required without time for planning and notification of the public. (prior section 10.20.050 (d))
  2. No person shall leave any vehicle parked on any public street, alley or road when snow removal or road maintenance activities are planned or are in progress. Any vehicle that is parked on a public street, alley or road shall be moved by the owner or the owner’s representative within four hours after notification by the mayor or the mayor’s designated representative.
  3. In the event that the owner of a vehicle, which is parked on a public street, alley or road, is absent from his/her home, does not have a telephone, or lives in a place that is not readily accessible to the mayor, his designee or street maintenance crews, shall notify the city clerk in advance of a person who is available to move such parked vehicle. (Ord. 18-08-21-02, (Part), Prior 84-03-22-01 §12, 1984)

10.20.060 OFF-STREET PARKING PLACE–REMOVAL OF UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES.

  1. Definition. For the purpose of this section, “private parking spaces” include both publicly and privately-owned off-street parking spaces which are reserved for the use of a specific individual or group of individuals or are otherwise restricted when such reservations or restrictions are posted.
  2. Removal of Unauthorized Vehicles. The rightful owner, lessee or other person authorized to control or use an off-street private parking space may remove an un authorized vehicle from an off-street private parking space by requesting a towing company authorized by the state of Alaska to conduct towing operations in the city.
  3. The city shall not be liable for any towing, storage or other charges of for the acts of any person taken under the authority of this chapter. (Ord. 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 15-09-01-01 SS: D; Prior Ord. 09-01-06-01 ~2009; Ord. 03-06-05-02 §3, 2003: Ord. 84-03-22-01 §13, 1984)

 10.20.080 VIOLATIONS-PENALTIES.

Any person violating any provision of this chapter is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by the fine established in 1.16.035 if the offense is listed in that fine schedule or by the fine established in 1.16.030 if the offense is not listed in the fine schedule. (Ordinance 18-08-21-02; Prior Ord. 18-01-02-01; Ord. 84-03-22-01 § 16, 1984)

TITLE 10 – VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(1) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Purpose of Commercial Advertising Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(2) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Purpose of Displaying “For Sale” Signs Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(3) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Non-Emergency Vehicle Greasing/Repairing Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(a)(4) Parking on Roadway Prohibited for Commercial Car Washing Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(c) Parking Prohibited – Obstructing Movement of Vehicular Traffic Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(d)(3) Parking Prohibited – Camping Prohibited Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(d)(4) Parking Prohibited – Parking in Loading/Unloading Zone Prohibited Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.020(e) Parking Prohibited – Disabled or Abandoned Vehicle Longer Than 48 Hours Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.030(a) Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit-Harbor Parking Permit Required >12 hrs Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.030(c) Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit-Park & Sell Permit Required Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.040 Parking, Standing, Stopping – Parking in Excess of Posted Time Limit Optional $50.00    
TBMC 10.20.050(b) Emergency, Street Maintenance and Snow Removal Vehicles-Obstruction Optional $100.00    

Fisheries Association Special Meeting Notice

There will be a Special Meeting of the Fisheries Association April 3rd, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers.

City Hall Council Chambers is located at 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, AK 99919.

Proposed Drafted Agenda Items Include:

  1. Review of Fisheries Association Distribution Policy for Charter Halibut Permits (CHP). (*attached)
  2. Review of Charter Halibut Permit Applications received for CY19, & establishment of approval, discussion and action item:
  3. Review of Bylaws and discuss actions for handling possible conflict’s of interest, discussion and action item:
  4. Review of current Board Terms and Roles and Responsibilities, discussion and action item:

PUBLIC TESTIMONY THIS THURSDAY – PFD PAYBACK

PUBLIC TESTIMONY THIS THURSDAY – PFD PAYBACK
On Thursday, February 28, Senate State Affairs will be reviewing: SB23 – “An Act making special appropriations from the earnings reserve account for the payment of permanent fund dividends” – this is the payback of the full dividend from 2016-2018, which would reduce funds within the earnings reserve and begin payments in FY21 SB24 – “An Act directing the Department of Revenue to pay dividends to certain eligible individuals” – determining eligibility based on past and future dates.

While the Committee hearing begins at 3:30pm, public testimony is anticipated at 6:00pm.
Participate from your local LIO – http://akleg.gov/lios.phpJuneau – 586-9085, Anchorage – 563-9085, Other, 1-844-586-9085.  

Cleanup Underway


Cleanup underway! OVK Crew began on Monday, February 25th, clearing the road where the January 1st landslide occured.

Cleanup underway! OVK Crew began on Monday, February 25th, clearing the road where the January 1st landslide occured.

Photo’s are credit of Sara Yockey, Incident Commander


 There will be equipment on the road and trucks running from the site of the slide to the Thorne Bay Landfill throughout the cleanup process.

Please continue to respect our crews and use caution.

Sound the Alarm Save a Life

Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

This spring the American Red Cross needs your help to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise funds for lifesaving services in more than 100 cities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands during Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events.

One day of your life can change someone else’s forever. Join us in your community, April 27 – May 12, 2019. 

Commission Members Needed

COMMISSION MEMBERS NEEDED: 

Thorne Bay is currently seeking persons interested in being appointed to the following Boards and Commissions:

Planning & Zoning Commission  (7 vacancies) Planning Commission Performs the city-wide functions of planning,platting and zoning for the city.  This commission shall consider and advise the city council concerning the removal, location, widening, narrowing, vacating,abandonment, change of use, or extension of streets, alleys, grounds, open spaces, and buildings. The Commissions consists of not more than 11, but not less than 5 commission members.  Meets the 1st Monday of every Month.

Streets & Roads Commission – (7 vacancies) a 7-member advisory commission – develops and prepares a priority program for the maintenance, repair, construction and funding of roadways within the City of Thorne Bay. The priority program shall address but not be limited to vehicle and pedestrian safety, present and future uses, road classification, right of way and roadway ownership, parking and economic impacts to the local business,residents and city in general. Recommendations should be based on sound engineering practices using local, state and federal guidelines for streets and roads. (Meeting dates have not been established)

The City of Thorne Bay is asking that anyone with interest in the Streets and Roads Maintenance within Thorne Bay, sign up for the commission. We need the community feedback to determine the best actions for moving forward on a long term maintenance plan. 

Contact the City Clerk for the complete Commission Recruitment Posting, or visit our website at www.thornebay-ak.gov/current-issues/

Streets and Roads Commission. 

This commission will consist of 7 members. 

The streets and roads commission shall consist of members from the community and the number of commission members shall be:

            two (2) from the South Thorne Bay Subdivision,

            two (2) from North Thorne Bay,

            one (1) from the Goose Creek Subdivision,

            one (1) from Greentree Heights Subdivision, and

             one (1) at large member.

All of who shall be property owners within their respective areas. Members shall be appointed by the chief administrative officer and confirmed by the council. Commission members shall elect a chairperson from members, subject to confirmation by the council, to conduct the affairs of the commission.

—>APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT TO BOARDS & COMMISSIONS / Commission Applications-Fillable

 

—> NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEMBER VACANCY_ (002)

 

REMOVAL OF HOMES ENCROACHING INTO PUBLIC STREETS OR THOROUGHFARE

REMOVAL OF HOMES ENCROACHING INTO PUBLIC STREETS OR

THOROUGHFARE

 

A primary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 2033.  In the meantime, such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant so long as the present structure exists, but may not be structurally altered or rebuild as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of this covenant.  A primary structure is defined as a privately-owned residence or place of business exceeding 600 square feet in outside dimensions, which cannot readily, without structural damage or undue economic hardship, be relocated off of the encroachment.  A secondary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 1986.  Such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant but may not be structurally altered or rebuilt as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of the covenant, a secondary structure is defined as all other structures not herein defined as primary structure.

 

Plat No. 83-42

Alaska State Land Survey 82-139

Thorne Bay Alaska

Within un-surveyed sections 27 & 28, Township 71 South, Range 84 East, Copper River Meridian. 

 

 

 

 

NEW FERRY SCHEDULE

Additionally, due to the increased number of calls occurring at this time, when you call us you may reach an automated message that your call cannot be completed at this time. Please try us again later at 866-308-4848 or contact us via email by replying to this email or by clicking here.  The HYL & KTN Terminals are closed on our no-sail days but Agents will remain available by phone 7 days a week. Thank you!

SAILING SCHEDULE through APRIL 2020

DAY SCHEDULE HOLLIS TERMINAL HOURS KETCHIKAN TERMINAL HOURS CALL OR EMAIL US HOURS
SUNDAY Depart HYL 8:00am; Depart KTN 3:30pm 6:00am-7:00pm 9:00am-3:30pm   6:00am-7:00pm
MONDAY Depart HYL 8:00am; Depart KTN 3:30pm 6:00am-7:00pm 9:00am-3:30pm   6:00am-7:00pm
TUESDAY No sailings Closed Closed   9:00am-3:30pm
WEDNESDAY No sailings Closed Closed   9:00am-3:30pm
THURSDAY Depart HYL 8:00am; Depart KTN 3:30pm 6:00am-7:00pm 9:00am-3:30pm   6:00am-7:00pm
FRIDAY Depart HYL 8:00am; Depart KTN 3:30pm 6:00am-7:00pm 9:00am-3:30pm   6:00am-7:00pm
SATURDAY No sailings Closed Closed   9:00am-3:30pm

COVID-19 Health Mandate FAQs

Health Mandate 011: Social-Distancing & Health Mandate 012: Intrastate Travel

COVID-19 infections are continuing to spread across the country and Alaska. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed, Alaska is taking steps now.

Why are the mandates so important?
The goal is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which can cause severe illness and death.

Who enforces the mandates? Can I get a ticket if I’m out for non-essential reasons?
State and local law enforcement will enforce. However, the focus will be on education, not enforcement. Law enforcement officials will be responding to complaints and educating the public when they notice obvious violations that jeopardize the safety of individuals or the community.

What if someone isn’t complying with the mandates?
Alaskans are expected to comply with all mandates. These measures have been put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve and protect the health of all Alaskans. Alaskans who disregard the mandates are putting themselves and their communities at risk. If you feel like you need to report non-compliance, send an email to investigations@alaska.gov

Can the mandates be changed?
Yes. As the situation changes and more information is available, the governor and public health officials can issue new orders and directives as needed.

Health Mandate 011: Statewide Social-Distancing

What is the purpose of mandate 11?
This mandate’s purpose is to restrict the movement of individuals within the State of Alaska in order to prevent, slow and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

How long does mandate 11 last?
The social distancing mandate goes into effect at 5 p.m. on March 28, 2020 and remains in effect until the Governor of Alaska rescinds or modifies the order. It will be reevaluated by April 11.

What does mandate 11 say?
All persons in Alaska, except for those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities, are mandated to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing. Read the full mandate online at https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates/

How do I keep from getting the virus?
The science is definitive that maintaining six feet or more from other people will greatly diminish your risk of getting the virus. This, and washing your hands, not touching your face, and wiping down surfaces are the best public health guidance about preventing the spread of this virus. Since there are no current vaccination or antiviral treatments, the primary goal is to prevent getting the virus in the first place. Standing six feet away or more from others is the best way to do this.

Should I wear a mask?
A mask will not necessarily prevent you from catching the virus, however, it will limit YOU from spreading the virus if you are infected, and reduce the projection of a sneeze or cough below six feet.

Does this mandate apply if I don’t have any symptoms?
Yes. This mandate applies to every person (unless specifically exempted), whether or not they have symptoms. It is designed to prevent further community spread of the virus, which has shown to be transmittable from individuals who have no symptoms.

Do immediate family members need to maintain six feet from each other?
No, immediate family members may still be closer than six feet. However, it’s important to know that COVID-19 can quickly pass between family members so it’s wise to wash your hands often, especially if someone has left the house on an essential errand. Anyone who is ill and self-isolating at home should be also isolated from family members as much as possible.

Does this change the “10 person” gathering rule?

No. Gatherings of 10 people or more are still prohibited. When in public you must maintain a distance of six feet or more from other members of the public.

Do I need a permit to move around?

No. When outside you must maintain a distance of six feet or more from other members of the public. Can older people leave the house on essential errands? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that older adults, age 64 and older, and those with underlying health conditions not leave home at all, even to run errands. The State of Alaska recommends that these more vulnerable populations order food or necessary items using available services from stores and restaurants, or ask for help from a relative, friend or neighbor. For the safety of everyone, stay home.

Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends? Or a family member or friend who has disabilities?
Yes. Be sure to follow social distancing guidelines to protect them and you. If you are sick with any respiratory illness, stay home and find someone else to help care for them.

Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?
No. This is difficult but necessary to protect facility staff and other patients. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with someone younger than 18 or who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life.

What about persons experiencing homelessness?
This population is exempt from this stay home order, and local communities and nonprofits are working to find appropriate accommodations for our homeless population during this time.

Can I get groceries?
Yes, grocery stores remain open but you must maintain six feet of social distancing. Take advantage of grocery delivery or pickup services. All Alaskans are encouraged to limit their number of weekly trips to the grocery store and to shop alone, do not bring the entire family into the store. If you MUST go to the grocery store, you MUST remain six feet away from anyone.

Please keep at least six feet from others when you are out in public, wash your hands often and wipe down frequently-touched surfaces. Do not go grocery shopping if you are ill with a respiratory infection; if you are ill, you should be isolating yourself at home, including from family members.

Do I need to stock up on groceries? Do we expect to see supply chain disruptions?
No. It is a good idea to have enough food in your pantry that you don’t need to go shopping frequently, but there is no need to hoard large amounts of supplies. Please leave supplies on the shelves for fellow Alaskans who may need them.

Alaska’s supply chain is intact and no disruptions are expected.

If I won’t be able to buy groceries or pay rent, are there services to help me?
Yes. You may be eligible for public assistance for food, medical care, rent, and more. Please reach out to the Division of Public Assistance for program questions.
For unemployment insurance questions, please go to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Will public transportation be available, like buses?
Public transportation is only available for those who provide or obtain essential services. The number of riders is being limited to allow for enough physical distance between passengers.

Can I still go out to pick up my prescription?
Yes. You may leave your home to visit a pharmacy. If possible, use the drive-thru option to collect your prescription.

Will restaurants be open?
Restaurants may be open for takeout, drive-thru and delivery services only.

Can restaurants still provide take-out services under this mandate?
Yes, but they must do so while maintaining six feet between people at all times. If there are lines, restaurants must ensure people are adequately spaced. Systems must be implemented to prevent close contact when customers pick up food or pay for their order.

Is commercial construction considered essential?
Commercial construction is considered essential, as is any public works construction, but they will need
to follow distancing and cleaning guidelines as they continue to work.

Are hotels and resorts essential businesses?
Only for the purpose of providing essential services, such as housing, or for isolation or quarantine.

Do I have to stay home and inside, or can I go outside for exercise and recreation?
Outdoor activity near your home is OK and encouraged for your health and well-being, but always keep
at least six feet between people who do not live in your immediate household.
Social distancing requirements are in effect on paths, trails, sidewalks, riverbanks, beaches, parks, and
anyplace outside on private or public property where people might gather. Crowds of 10 people or
more are prohibited.


Can I take my child to a playground?
Playgrounds may still be open, but they are not the safest places to be right now. Children tend to play
in close proximity to each other in a playground while adults congregate to watch their children.

Choose recreational options that congregate people less.
If you take your child to a playground, bring your own cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer, and be sure
to immediately sanitize hands and surfaces to prevent the spread of the virus from surface to surface.

What can I do? What’s open?

You must stay six feet away from non-family members. With that said, if you need to go shopping, there are delivery services and pickup options available at most grocery stores. However, if you need to go in person, you must remain six feet from everyone else.

  • Health care facilities
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks and credit unions
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Veterinary services
  • Hardware stores
  • Limited child care for essential workers
  • Essential federal, state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
  • Reference the Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order for a full list.

What’s closed?
Many businesses are closed to gathering. Reference the Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce

Infrastructure Order for a full list of what is open.

  • Dine-in restaurants – except for drive-thru, delivery and carry-out
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention centers
  • Hair and nail salons
  • Reference the Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order for a full list.

Can I call a plumber?
Yes. Plumbing and other critical home repairs are considered essential businesses. You may call a plumber or other home repair businesses if you need one, but keep physical distance between you and the repair people who come into your home and practice proper hygiene. Non-critical plumbing needs should be delayed.

Can I drive somewhere to recreate?
You are not prohibited from driving, but you must stay six feet away from non-family members.

Can I drive to my cabin and hunker down there?
Going to your cabin is not prohibited, but you must stay six feet away from non-family members.

May I go clothes shopping?
Casual shopping is not encouraged at this time, as you must remain six feet away from everyone. Deliveries of goods and services to your home is recommended.

What if I’m dating someone who lives in another household? Am I allowed to visit that person?
You must stay six feet away from anyone who is not a family member. Not doing so endangers the members of the dating partners’ families.

What if I want to have a family celebration for a birthday, graduation or another important milestone?
We are in the midst of a pandemic. You must stay six feet away from anyone. It is highly advisable that such gatherings be postponed at this time.

Health Mandate 012: Intrastate Travel Limiting travel between communities to critical infrastructure or critical personal needs


What is the purpose of mandate 12?
The purpose of this mandate is to control the movement of individuals within Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

How long does mandate 12 last?
The intrastate travel mandate goes into effect at 8 a.m. on March 28, 2020 and remains in effect until the Governor of Alaska rescinds or modifies the order. It will be reevaluated by April 21.

What does mandate 12 say?
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 pursuant to “Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order – Attachment B.” Read the full mandate online at https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates/

What does mandate 12 mean?
Unless you are obtaining or providing an essential service that requires you to be out in the public, Alaskans should not be traveling between communities. Alaskans may go outside to exercise and recreate, but must maintain a distance of six feet or more from other members of the public.

Workers are encouraged to work from home, unless they work in health care, public service or other businesses deemed essential, as defined in the Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order (formerly Attachment A).

This mandate covers the entire state. The goal is to eliminate any unnecessary contacts outside of immediate family members to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, while maintaining essential health care services, public government services, and other essential business activities.

Are employees of essential services and critical infrastructure permitted to travel?
Yes, however essential services and critical infrastructure entities are recommended to limit their travel within Alaska to key personnel, in order to mitigate the risk to their own employees and the communities where they operate. However, those entities are required to submit a travel plan or protocol consistent with mandates.

Does mandate 12 supersede earlier mandates?
This mandate strengthens and clarifies pre-existing mandates, but does not revoke those mandates.

Is commercial fishing considered an essential service, and can fishing vessels sail port to port?
Yes, commercial fishing is an essential service and part of critical infrastructure. Fishing vessels can sail to port to port in Alaska, but have the responsibility to monitor their crew for signs and symptoms, report any issues to the appropriate authorities, and mitigate the risk of exposure to the small communities in which they operate.

Is oil production, shipping, and refining essential?
Yes.

Are airports still open?
Yes, the public airports in Alaska remain open. Travel is limited to essential travel, and in addition, anyone coming into Alaska from out of state is required to complete a Travel Declaration Form and self-quarantine for 14 days, per State of Alaska Mandate 10.1. Airport officials are encouraging social distancing throughout airport facilities.

Can I drive to visit or fly to visit another family member in Alaska?

No. This is not considered “essential business.”

UPDATED CASE COUNT-COVID-19 ALASKA

How many confirmed cases are there in Alaska?

  • 14 newly confirmed cases since last report
  • 133 cumulative cases since January 1, 2020
  • March 12, 2020 the first case was announced
  • March 31, 2020 most recent update

NEW INTRASTATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Health Mandate 012 – Intrastate Travel – Limiting travel between communities to critical infrastructure or critical personal needs.

Effective 8:00 am March 28, 2020

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 pursuant to “Alaska Small Community Emergency Travel Order – Attachment B.”

Personal travel is prohibited except as necessary to meet critical personal needs or work in critical infrastructure jobs. Critical personal needs include buying, selling, or delivering groceries and home goods; obtaining fuel for vehicles or residential needs; transporting family members for out-of-home care, essential health needs, or for purposes of child custody exchanges; receiving essential health care; providing essential health care to a family member; obtaining other important goods; and engaging in subsistence activities. Travelers are reminded to follow social distancing measures, including, to the extent reasonably feasible, keeping six feet away from others, avoiding crowded places, and limiting public gatherings to less than ten people. Read the “Mandate 11 and 12 FAQ’s” for more details.

No one traveling to or from any community for critical reasons or critical personal travel may be subject to any automatic quarantine or isolation on arrival except as allowed under Alaska Statutes or Health Mandates.
Air carriers and other travel-related businesses have no duty to verify that intrastate travelers meet the criteria for permissible travel under this heath mandate. Air carriers shall inquire if travelers are permitted to travel under this mandate and shall rely upon a traveler’s assurance that they are eligible to travel.

***This Mandate supersedes any local government or tribal mandate, directive, or order restricting intrastate travel ***

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit coronavirus.alaska.gov
State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 012
Mandates available at https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates/

UPDATED CASE COUNTS-COVID-19 Alaska

  • Cumulative number of cases hospitalized to date:  0​3
  • Cumulative number of deaths to date:  0​1
  • Updated March 25, 2020; updates made daily by 5pm and reflect cases reported as of 3pm that day.

Case by Residence* and Presumed Exposure Source

Travel-RelatedNon-TravelClose ContactPendingTotal
 Municipality of
 Anchorage
1441928
Anchorage
 (including JBER)
1331825
 Eagle River/
 Chugiak
11013
 Gulf Coast2​0215
 Homer00011
 Seward10001
 Sterling00202
 Soldotna10001
 Interior415111
 Fairbanks31318
 North Pole10203
 Mat-Su2​0002
 Palmer20002
 Northern00000
 Southeast218213
 Juneau11002
 Ketchikan108211
 Southwest00000
 TOTAL246161359

*Case residence may not always reflect location of exposure or testing.

  • Region: Economic regions definitions​
  • Travel-related: Exposure/source of the virus was outside of Alaska.
  • Pending: Under investigation
  • Updated March 25, 2020; updates made daily by 5pm and reflect cases reported as of 3pm that day.

IFA Ferry Schedule Changes

Please Be Advised of IFA Schedule Change  

Recent ridership trends have allowed the IFA to reduce ferry service to 4 days a week yet still accommodate Essential Travel for people and businesses in need of returning home, traveling for critical medical care and for the transport of goods and service-people. We will sail Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday until further notice. We will depart at our usual times; we’ll depart Hollis at 8:00 am and depart Ketchikan at 3:30 pm.

In these unprecedented times, the IFA is taking a proactive approach to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by trying to balance the essential travel needs of the Community with the State’s Mandates and Alerts. We are adhering to the 6′ social distancing recommendation by capping our passenger capacity to forty. We are sailing at 25% normal capacity so passenger space is limited; please make your reservations in advance and arrive early to ensure your space on-board. Our Crews and Terminal Agents are using proven sanitation measures recommended by the CDC to slow down the spread of the virus. Your cooperation in following Crew and Agent directions at all times is greatly appreciated. Please check-in early to allow for these additional check-in measures.

Terminals will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday but Agents are available by phone at 866-308-4848 seven days a week.

Galley Service is very limited and may be closed completely in the near future.

Thank You, Donna R. Halvorsen Terminal Manager

Inter-Island Ferry Authority 

Toll Free 866-308-4848 ext #103

Direct line 907-313-5382

P.O. Box 495 Craig, AK 99921