DHSS issues 2 new health mandates for Ketchikan, Fairbanks and schools

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing two new health mandates.

    Given the increasing concern for new cases of COVID-19 in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the State of Alaska is issuing the following mandates to go into effect March 21 at 8 a.m.

    The purpose of this mandate is to limit all close contacts (people outside of a family unit) to be within six feet of each other to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Mandate 7.1 – Fairbanks North Star Borough & Ketchikan Gateway Borough - Personal Care Services and Gatherings
    1.    Effective immediately all business, congregations, or gatherings in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough where individuals are within 6 feet of each other must stop all operations. This includes:

    • Hair salons
    • Day spas and esthetics locations
    • Nail salons
    • Barbershops
    • Tattoo shops
    • Body piercing locations
    • Massage therapy locations
    • Tanning facilities

    2.    Additionally, no gatherings of more than 10 people may take place, and if a gathering does take place people must be 6 feet apart from each other.
    3.    This Mandate prohibits the delivery of services in any of the above business locations by individuals holding licenses issued by the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers, Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and Board of Massage Therapists.
    4.    This Mandate prohibits operations for rolfing, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, and similar services.
    5.    This Mandate prohibits licensed massage therapist services spas.
    6.    This Mandate prohibits business operations to continue at tanning facilities.
    7.    The prohibitions in this Mandate apply to services that may be delivered in the customer’s home or in the home of the licensee.
    8.    This order shall take effect immediately and remain in full force and effect until the Governor rescinds or modifies the order.

    This mandate does not include urgent, and emergent health care needs, nor health care facilities, however, health care facilities must do risk assessment screening prior to entering the facility.

    This mandate is in effect until further notice.

    Mandate 8.1 – State of Alaska – Public and Private Schools

    Public and private schools are closed to students through May 1. Students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods. All after school activities will be suspended during this time.

    These are measures to protect Alaskans. We appreciate the public’s understanding of this mandate in an effort to mitigate this virus.



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