Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has announced plans for phase two of the state’s approach to reopening segments of the Alaskan economy.
The governor, in a statement, said it is 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, phase two of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan will take effect, allowing most non-essential businesses to reopen with safeguards.
This means 50% capacity for retail, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses, with walk-ins permitted. Additionally, personal care services can operate at 50% capacity, or up to 20 patrons, for reservations only. A 50-person capacity for social and religious gatherings will also go into effect.
The state will allow 25% capacity for fitness centers, with walk-ins permitted, 50% capacity for swimming pools, with walk-ins permitted, and 25% capacity for bars, libraries, and museums, with walk-ins permitted.
Additional guidance will be available on May 7 at covid19.alaska.gov/reopen.