A new, 30-day disaster declaration took effect at 12:01 a.m. this morning (Monday, Nov. 16). Along with the new declaration, Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued eight new COVID-19 outbreak health orders. Most orders are similar to the previous mandates or cover provisions of Senate Bill 241, which expired Sunday along with the governor’s previous disaster declaration. One of the new orders, Outbreak Health Order 8, governs travel between communities on and off the road system to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Part A of that order takes effect with the other orders today; Part A states that local communities are permitted to enact travel restrictions to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Part B of the order takes effect Nov. 21, and will require that travelers within Alaska who travel off of the road system maintain social distancing until they produce a negative result from a recent COVID-19 test. The order is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 between communities.
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