Updated August 31 at 8:00 a.m.
As we closely monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to relay to you, our residents and visitors, that your health and safety remain our top priority.
Current Status in Alaska
As of Friday, May 22, 2020, Phase Three of the “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan” took effect, allowing all businesses to open at 100 percent capacity.
Check out the PDF list of Fairbanks businesses currently open.
Businesses are adhering to State of Alaska guidelines and modifying their operations and open hours as necessary. Although the list is regularly updated, it is encouraged to contact businesses directly to confirm their status prior to a visit to any establishment. Look out for resident and military discounts.
3 Mayor Proclamation encourages the wearing of cloth face-covering/mask
Borough Mayor Bryce Ward, City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly, and City of North Pole Mayor Michael Welch recently signed a proclamation encouraging the community to wear a cloth face covering or mask. Read the proclamation here.
As of May 12, 2020, in accordance with Health Mandate 18 intrastate travel between communities on the road system or the Marine Highway System is permitted for all purposes. Travelers may travel between the road system and Marine Highway System communities via any normal means of transportation, including vehicle, boat, ferry, aircraft and commercial air carrier.
Intrastate travel between communities located off the road system or the Marine Highway System Is permitted, but subject to local travel restrictions.
We recommend keeping up with the most current information on the virus via:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Alaska Department of Health and Human Services
- Fairbanks North Star Borough
- Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
CDC Public Safety and Health Reminders
We urge everyone to adhere to the health practices recommended by the CDC
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a face mask in public places
- CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
- CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.