State of Alaska COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Health Advisory No. 4 Critical Infrastructure

On February 14, the State of Alaska issued four new Health Advisories.

The purpose of Health Advisory No. 4 is to provide clear guidance for Critical Infrastructure businesses operating in the State of Alaska, in order to protect communities and industries in which they serve.

Community/Workforce Protective Plans. All private sector Critical Infrastructure Businesses that have staff arriving from outside the State of Alaska, and/or staff traveling to or between communities off the road system or Alaska Marine Highway System, are strongly recommended to submit a Community/Workforce Protective Plan (CWPP) to the Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command. Detailed instructions for developing and submitting CWPPs can be found at: https://covid19.alaska.gov/unified-command/protective-plans/.

Appendix 4-01, Enhanced Protective Measures for Seafood Processing Workers. Appendix 4-01 applies to all resident employees and all workers traveling into Alaska to work in a shore-based seafood processing plant or onboard a processor or catcher-processor vessel. Seafood processing companies are still strongly recommended to develop and submit CWPPs using the posted instructions. The protective measures enacted by the company CWPP should meet or exceed the requirements of Appendix 4-01: https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Appendix-01-to-Health-Advisory-4.pdf

Appendix 4-02, Protective Plan for Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels. Appendix 4-02 applies to all independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaskan waters and ports. For the purposes of this Alert, “independent commercial fishing vessels” are defined as all catcher and tender vessels that have not agreed to operate under a fleet-wide plan submitted by a company, association, or entity that represents a fleet of vessels. Independent commercial fishing vessels operating in Alaskan waters and ports should enact the protective measures and procedures described in Appendix 4-02, the Alaska Protective Plan for Commercial Fishing Vessels. Vessels are not expected to develop or submit a stand-alone Community/Workforce Protective Plan. Appendix 4-02 serves as their CWPP. Vessel captains should enact controls on their vessel to ensure crewmember compliance with this Health Advisory and the Appendices. https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Appendix-02-to-Health-Advisory-4.pdf

Appendix 4-03, Protective Plan for Independent Commercial Fishing Harvesters. Appendix 4-03 applies to all independent commercial fishing harvesters who are harvesting catch from Alaskan waters. For the purposes of this Alert, “independent commercial fishing harvesters” are defined as all commercial fishing harvesters who do not meet the definition for independent commercial fishing vessels above, and that have not agreed to operate under a fleet-wide plan submitted by a company, association, or entity that represents a fisheries sector. Independent commercial fishing harvest operations in Alaskan waters should enact the protective measures and procedures described in Appendix 4-03, the

Alaska Protective Plan for Independent Commercial Fishing Harvesters. Harvesting sites are not expected to develop or submit a stand-alone Community/Workforce Protective Plan. Appendix 4-03 serves as their CWPP. Site Managers should enact controls at their harvesting operation to ensure harvester compliance with this Health Advisory and the Appendices. https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Appendix-03-to-Health-Advisory-4.pdf

Appendix 4-04, Acknowledgement Form for Commercial Fishing Vessels and Harvesting Sites. For the 2021 season, each commercial fishing vessel captain and/or owner and each harvesting site manager should sign a copy of Appendix 4-04, Acknowledgement Form, prior to actively participating in the 2021 commercial fishing season. This is highly recommended for all vessels, even those operating under a fleet or association protective plan. To promote the safety of the fishing fleet, tenders and processors are strongly encouraged not to purchase catch from vessels or harvesting sites that have not signed a copy of Appendix 4-04. https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Appendix-04-to-Health-Advisory-4.pdf

To read Health Advisory No. 4 in its entirety, visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/02.14.21-Health-Advisory-4-Critical-Infrastructure.pdf

For the complete list of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Health Advisories, visit: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-advisories/

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