Gov. Dunleavy announces new COVID-19 cases, new health mandates and travel advisories

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) In a press conference Friday Governor Dunleavy announced that two more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the state of Alaska. One additional case in Fairbanks and one additional case, which was reported earlier today, in Ketchikan.

He went on to issue a travel advisory to residents to cancel all none essential travel out of the state and has requested that tourists and visitors not travel to Alaska at this time. He also discussed limiting travel to remote towns and villages within the state. Asking that travel to these places be essential in nature to help limit the spread of the virus.

Commissioner Crum issued two new health mandates today including a mandate that applies specifically to the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. This health mandate applies to required social distancing between people – requiring anyone that is not part of a direct family unit to stay at least 6 feet away from others. Personal care businesses are being asked to close and not serve consumers at this time. Examples of these businesses are beauty shops, barber shops, tattoo and piercing establishments, tanning salons, and non-essential medical facilities including massage and acupuncture. These boroughs are also being asked to limit gatherings to 10 people or less and to practice social distancing during these gatherings.

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:
1. Hair salons
2. Day spas and esthetics locations
3. Nail salons
4. Barber shops
5. Tattoo shops
6. Body piercing locations
7. Massage therapy locations
8. Tanning facilities

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.

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.

This Mandate prohibits operations for rolfing, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, and similar services.

This Mandate prohibits licensed massage therapist services spas.

This Mandate prohibits business operations to continue at tanning facilities.

The prohibitions in this Mandate apply to services that may be delivered in the customer’s home or in the home of the licensee.

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.

He also discussed an updated mandate that all public and private schools statewide will be closed to students until May 1st, 2020.

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