Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The state emphasized the need to have continued access to communities across the state as they decided to not close harbors and seaplane bases.
The Department of Transportation & Public Facilities admitted they had received many concerns about closing these facilities to help mitigate the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The DOT called these facilities a critical lifeline across Alaska that provides essential access for life, health, commerce and safety.
They note the harbors provide an important refuge for marine users in inclement weather or emergencies.
The Federal Aviation Administration also said it is not ready to approve any airport closures in Alaska.