Gov. Dunleavy issues social distancing and travel mandates, COVID-19 cases rise to 85 statewide

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTVF) In a press conference Friday evening Governor Dunleavy announced that there are two more health mandates that will go into effect March 28th, 2020.

The first of these is Mandate 11 -- a mandate directed at social distancing. The definition of social distancing includes keeping at least 6 feet of space between you and others.

“All persons in Alaska, except for those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities, are mandated to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing.”

Dunleavy emphasized that as long as you're practicing social distancing there is no reason why you can’t be outside enjoying all that Alaska has to offer. Alaskans may go outside to exercise and recreate, but must maintain a distance of six feet or more from other members of the public. Workers are encouraged to work from home, unless they work in health care, public service or other businesses deemed essential.

This mandate will be in place March 28th, 2020 at 5 p.m. until the Governor of Alaska rescinds or modifies the order. This will be reevaluated on April 11th, 2020.

The other health mandate, mandate 12, is oriented towards limiting travel between communities other than to critical infrastructure or critical personal needs this mandate goes into effect March 28th, 2020 at 8 a.m.

All in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure; or for critical personal needs. Certain Small Alaskan communities may implement further travel restriction.

The purpose of this mandate is to control the movement of individuals within Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 coronavirus.

Unless you are obtaining or providing an essential service that requires you to be out in the public, Alaskans should not be traveling between communities. Alaskans may go outside to exercise and recreate, but must maintain a distance of six feet or more from other members of the public. Workers are encouraged to work from home, unless they work in health care, public service or other businesses deemed essential.

The first death in Alaska due to COVID-19 was also announced Friday. A woman in her 60s with underlying conditions died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Anchorage.

The statewide total for cases jumped again Friday to 85. 43 of those cases are in the Anchorage area, one in Homer, one in Seward, two in Sterling, one in Soldotna, 14 in Fairbanks, six in North Pole, four in Juneau, and 12 in Ketchikan.

Find more information about how to keep yourself and your family healthy at coronavirus.alaska.gov.

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