AMHS announces new protocols to protect against COVID-19

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The Alaska Marine Highway System is implementing new operational protocols to protect against the transmission of COVID-19 on its vessels.

The new protocols include:

- All passengers over the age of two on the mainline ferries, Kennicott, Matanuska and Tustumena are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before boarding.

- All passengers on the day vessels LeConte and Lituya must complete a Passenger Screening Form before boarding, which requires a 'no' response to all questions.

- All passengers boarding in Bellingham, Washington must complete the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form and provide these to AMHS crew at boarding.

- All passengers over the age of two are required to wear a face covering while onboard mainline and day vessels, with some exceptions like while eating and while in a stateroom.

- Passengers and crew will not be allowed to go ashore during port calls. Passengers will only be allowed off the vessels at their destination port.

- All passengers and crew must practice social distancing.

To find testing near you, visit U.S. testing site locator, or Alaska testing site locator.

For more information visit, the Alaska Marine Highway System's website.