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April 2, 2021Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People Travelling within the United States

People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States. If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others if you travel:

  • During Travel
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
    • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • After Travel
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medication that weakens your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

March 30, 2021Alaska Travel update

The CDC Travel page recommends against travel but “All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative. Travelers who don’t get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.”

However, the Municipality of Anchorage and State of Alaska travel guidance make a distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers:

  • For domestic travelers not vaccinated, per the MOA and CDC, the individual would have to follow strict social distancing/self-quarantine and not permitted to enter office buildings for seven days. They should get a test taken on day five to receive a negative result to return to work on day seven. Fully vaccinated domestic travelers should test but are not required to self-quarantine/strict social distancing per the MOA/SOA but the CDC recommendation is for self-quarantine for seven days after travel and testing.
  • For international travelers, the CDC does not make the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers while the MOA and SOA would permit a full vaccinated employee to return to the workplace, even without results.  Following the MOA/SOA guidelines would allow a vaccinated employee to have traveled to a high-risk country without any quarantine period while the CDC differs.   I would suggest following the CDC’s guidance regarding international travel guidance which is the same for an unvaccinated employee and they self-quarantine for seven days and get tested three to five days after travel but I’m not sure if leave would qualify under ARPA/FFCRA.

The Municipality of Anchorage Emergency Order 19 Recommendations for Travelers Entering Anchorage from Out of State – resident and non-resident travelers entering Anchorage from out of state are strongly encouraged to choose pre-travel or arrival testing options and unvaccinated workers are encouraged to adhere to strict social distancing for the first seven days after arrival.  Every traveler is encouraged to get a second test 5-14 days after arrival.

    • Strict social distancing – you must remain six feet away from anyone not in your household, wear a face covering, and not enter restaurants, bars, gyms, office buildings, schools, or participate in group activities.

The State of Alaska Health Advisory No. 2 International and Interstate Travel guidance is all travelers arriving from out of state should

  • Arrive with negative 72 hours before departure – a second test 5-14 days after arrival is strongly encouraged.
  • Arrive with proof of test without results – maintain strict social distancing until results are available and a second test 5-14 days after arrival is strongly encouraged.
  • Arrive without proof or test results – test upon arrival and strict social distancing until test results are available.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals should pre-travel test but do not need to maintain strict social distancing while waiting for results.
    • Strict social distancing – you must remain six feet away from anyone not in your household, wear a face covering, and not enter restaurants, bars, gyms, office buildings, schools, or participate in group activities.

February 14, 2021Dunleavy Administration Releases COVID-19 Transition Plan

Governor Mike Dunleavy has released a new COVID-19 recovery and transition plan that begins the process of moving Alaska to the path to normalcy while still effectively managing the virus. Today, Governor Dunleavy issued a directive to all commissioners and state employees to continue following all policies regarding COVID-19 that were in place under the COVID-19 disaster declaration that expires today, February 14, 2021.

Over the next several weeks, commissioners will review and advise the governor on which policies are still necessary to keep in place to ease the burden on the public’s interaction with government, and which items he should allow to lapse. The administration is also issuing four health advisories that address general safety, travel and critical infrastructure, with appendices focusing on the seafood industry. The advisories are based on the latest epidemiological data and expertise within the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and outline best practices to continue mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

“My administration will begin moving Alaska, its economy and our lives forward through this transition and recovery process,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “Make no mistake about it, the virus may be with us for some time. But the data shows that the worst is most likely behind us. Alaska’s vaccination plan is one of the most successful in the country and we have faith that the health care system is robust and prepared. My plan can get us there if we continue to keep an eye on the data and, Alaskans continue taking personal responsibility for their health and wellbeing.”

The State of Alaska has issued three new Health Advisories:

Health Advisory 1 – Recommendations to Keep Alaskans Safe – Addresses the safety measures Alaskans can take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Health Advisory 2 - International and Interstate Travel – While Alaska resident and non-resident travelers will no longer be required to have pre-travel negative tests upon arrival, it is still considered one of the best mechanisms to track the virus and prevent community spread. The existing airport testing infrastructure will remain in place to protect Alaskans and visitors alike.
As a reminder, anyone positive for COVID-19 is not allowed to travel.

Health Advisory 3 - Intrastate Travel – Outlines expectations of communities for allowing travel Critical Infrastructure personnel, as well as for community members and Critical Personal needs. The advisory recommends COVID testing three days prior to travel to locations on the road system and the Alaska Marine Highway System. For locations off the road system and the Alaska Marine Highway System, a test is recommended for trips lasting longer than 72 hours before returning to a rural community. Without a test, strict social distancing should be followed.

Health Advisory 4 - Critical Infrastructure – The advisory provides clear guidance for Critical Infrastructure businesses operating in Alaska to protect both communities and industries.

“Throughout the response, the goal of the state has been to support and provide resources to communities and to Alaskans,” said Commissioner Adam Crum. “While we have amended our plans, we will continue to find ways to serve Alaskans as we transition to a recovery phase. We all know there is still a ways to go, but we are in this great position because of Alaskans continuing to do the right thing by protecting themselves and each other, and we will come out stronger on the other side, together.”

Governor Dunleavy will continue to follow what happens throughout Alaska and our healthcare system, and reserves the right to declare a future emergency if the data indicates stricter measures are needed to protect the health and wellbeing of Alaskans.

November 15, 2020Governor Issues COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders

November 15, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy has issued a series of COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders following the issuance of the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration effective November 16, 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the State of Alaska. The COVID-19 Health Mandates issued under the March 11, 2020 Disaster Declaration are replaced with the COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders (Orders), including four new Orders on Telehealth & Courtesy Occupational Licenses; Virtual Meetings & Electronic Communications for Boards; Online Raffles & Prize Drawings; and Intrastate Travel.

Effective November 16, 2020 at 12:01am, the following COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders are issued under the new disaster declaration:

Order No. 1, Suspension of Regulations and Statutes, suspends certain regulations and statutes to allow agencies to best address the COVID-19 emergency. Allowing businesses and

Order No. 2, Telehealth & Courtesy Occupational Licenses, authorizes telemedicine, access to licensees from other jurisdictions, and flexibility to certain licensing boards.

Order No. 3, Virtual Meetings & Electronic Communications for Boards, allows business to be conducted virtually and via electronic communications for boards of corporations, non-profit, and ANCs.

Order No. 4, Non-Congregate Sheltering, provides FEMA reimbursement eligibility for temporary sheltering and quarantine.

Order No. 5, Critical Infrastructure, provides guidance for critical infrastructure workers in Alaska. Appendices with specific guidance for the following industries: commercial fishing, independent harvesters, and seafood processing plants.

Order No. 6, International & Interstate Travel, provides guidelines for residents and non-residents traveling into Alaska.

Order No. 7, Online Raffles & Prize Drawings, allows charitable gaming permittees to conduct raffles, lotteries and other contests online.

Order No. 8, Intrastate Travel, specifies the limitations on community restrictions, and that Critical Infrastructure must be allowed to travel into rural towns, but follow safety plans; defines critical personal needs for residents that need to leave communities; and implements a testing strategy and protocols for individuals traveling from road system communities to off-road system.

Intrastate Travel Guidance

COVID-19 Outbreak Health Order No. 8 provides clear guidance and requirements for travel between communities located off the Road System or the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS).

Beginning November 16, 2020 at 12:01am:
Local communities are permitted to enact travel restrictions to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Beginning November 21, 2020 at 12:01am:
Travelers in a community on the Road System or the AMHS for less than 72 hours are recommended to test for COVID-19 5 days after arrival at final destination and follow strict social distancing until negative results are received, or follow strict social distancing for 14 days at final destination if no test was taken.

If a traveler is in a community on the Road System of the AMHS for greater than 72 hours, they should get a molecular COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to travel to a community off the Road System or the AMHS and should not commence travel until a negative test is received. If return travel cannot be delayed until the test result is available, the traveler must follow strict social distancing until they receive a negative result.

Anyone who is currently infected with COVID-19 must not travel to a community off the Road System or AMHS until they are cleared from isolation by a medical professional.

Asymptomatic people who have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days are exempt from travel testing.

Additional information on the new COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders can be found here: https://gov.alaska.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/November-16-Disaster-Declaration-Fact-Sheet.pdf.
All COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders can be found here: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-order/.

September 16, 2020Alaska Travel Mandate

The State of Alaska Health Mandate 10.1 – International, Interstate, and Intrastate Travel – Order for Testing, Self-Quarantine, and/or Strict Social Distancing effective 12:01 a.m., Aug. 11, 2020 applies to all persons entering the state of Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor. This mandate applies to all forms of travel (land, sea, and air). Children 10 and under are exempt from the testing requirement. However, untested children traveling with a parent or guardian must remain in the same status for the same duration as the parent/guardian (self-quarantine and/or strict social distancing).
Requirements for Alaska Resident Travelers – Interstate and International: All travelers who are Alaska residents and are arriving in Alaska from outside the state must comply with one of the following options:
Option A. Pre-travel molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 with negative results: the resident traveler may arrive with proof of negative test results from a test taken within 72 hours of departure;
i. All travelers with negative results from tests taken within 72 hours of departure must follow strict social distancing:
1. For 14 days after arrival into Alaska or until they leave Alaska, whichever occurs first; OR
2. Until the traveler receives negative results from a second test taken between 7-14 days after arrival.
Option B. Pre-travel molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 without results: the resident traveler may arrive with proof of a test taken within 72 hours of departure.
i. The resident traveler must self-quarantine, at their own expense, until results arrive.
ii. The resident traveler must upload results to the Alaska Travel Portal, regardless if negative or positive.
iii. All resident travelers with negative results from tests taken within 72 hours of departure must follow strict social distancing:
1. For 14 days after arrival into Alaska or until they leave Alaska, whichever occurs first; OR
2. Until the resident traveler receives negative results from a second test taken between 7-14 days after arrival.
iv. If the molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 result is positive, the resident traveler must remain in self-isolation at their own expense, they must contact State of Alaska COVID Reporting Hotline (1-877-469-8067) and cannot travel until cleared by public health.
Option C. Receive Molecular-based Test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival:
i. If a resident traveler (age 11 or older) arrives in Alaska without proof of a negative test result, or proof of a test taken within 72 hour of departure, the resident traveler may obtain a molecular-based test for SARS-CoV2 upon arrival in Alaska at no cost.
1. The resident traveler must self-quarantine, at their own expense, until results arrive.
2. All travelers with negative results from the arrival test must follow strict social distancing:
a. For 14 days after arrival into Alaska or until they leave the
state, whichever occurs first; OR
b. Until the resident traveler receives negative results from a
second test taken between 7-14 days after arrival.
Option D. Quarantine for 14 days after arrival into Alaska (no test required).
i. The resident traveler must self-quarantine, at their own expense.
Option E. If employee has travelled outside of Alaska for less than 24 hours.
i. No test or quarantine is required.
ii. Resident traveler will self- monitor for 14 days after arrival for any symptoms, even mild ones.
• BSNC employees located outside of Alaska should confer with their supervisors regarding travel, local health mandates and how they apply to their respective worksites.
BSNC continues to closely monitor the guidelines provided by the CDC and state health officials regarding the pandemic and will provide updates including on BSNC’s COVID-19 public resource webpage at www.beringstraits.com/covid-19-update/. However, any employee who is travelling for any reason is also required to check the health mandates for both the location they are travelling to and in Alaska upon return. We are happy to answer any questions you may have via email at health@bsnc.net.

June 2, 2020BSNC Employee Travel

BSNC cares deeply about the safety of our employees and recommends employees to postpone or not travel, if possible. However, we do understand that some travel might be operationally necessary depending on client needs. If a client requests travel, please forward a written request from the client to your supervisor in order to help comply with individual state laws prior to departing.

Lower 48 residents: BSNC employees located outside of Alaska should confer with their supervisors regarding travel, local health mandates and how they apply to their respective worksites.

Alaska residents: Health Mandate 10.1 – International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self-Quarantine is extended to June 5, 2020. The purpose of this mandate is to control the ingress to Alaska from outside localities in order to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. All people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. Arriving residents and workers in self-quarantine should work from home, unless you support critical infrastructure.

Upon arrival in any community in Alaska from another state or nation, you must:

1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form.

- If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your residence.
- If you are a visitor or worker, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.

2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days, or the duration of your stay in Alaska, whichever is shorter.

- You may leave your designated quarantine location only for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
- Do not visit any public spaces, including, but not limited to: pools, meetings rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
- Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by Unified Command.
- Comply with all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.
- If you are required to self-quarantine and there are other individuals in your residence, hotel room, or rented lodging, you are required to comply with social distancing guidelines.

TRAVELER DECLARATION FORM: https://ready.alaska.gov/Covid19/Documents/TravelForm/COVID-19-Health-Mandate-010-Travel-Declaration.pdf

BSNC continues to closely monitor the guidelines provided by the CDC and state health officials regarding the pandemic and will provide updates including on BSNC’s COVID-19 public resource webpage at www.beringstraits.com/covid-19-update/. We are happy to answer any questions you may have via email at health@bsnc.net.

May 14, 2020BSNC Employee Travel Guidance

BSNC cares deeply about the safety of our employees and recommends employees to postpone or not travel, if possible. However, we do understand that some travel might be operationally necessary depending on client needs. If a client requests travel, please forward a written request from the client to your supervisor in order to help comply with individual state laws prior to departing.

Lower 48 residents: BSNC employees located outside of Alaska should confer with their supervisors regarding travel, local health mandates and how they apply to their respective worksites.

Alaska residents: Health Mandate 10.1 – International and Interstate Travel – Order for Self-Quarantine is extended to May 19, 2020. The purpose of this mandate is to control the ingress to Alaska from outside localities in order to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. All people arriving in Alaska, whether resident, worker or visitor, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for illness. Arriving residents and workers in self-quarantine should work from home, unless you support critical infrastructure.

Upon arrival in any community in Alaska from another state or nation, you must:

1. Proceed directly from the airport to your designated quarantine location, which is the location identified and affirmed by you on the mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form.

1. If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your residence.
2. If you are a visitor or worker, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.

2. Remain in your designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days, or the duration of your stay in Alaska, whichever is shorter.

1. You may leave your designated quarantine location only for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.
2. Do not visit any public spaces, including, but not limited to: pools, meetings rooms, fitness centers or restaurants.
3. Do not allow visitors in or out of your designated quarantine location other than a physician, healthcare provider or individual authorized to enter the designated quarantine location by Unified Command.
4. Comply with all rules or protocols related to your quarantine as set forth by your hotel or rented lodging.
5. If you are required to self-quarantine and there are other individuals in your residence, hotel room, or rented lodging, you are required to comply with social distancing guidelines.

***CLICK HERE FOR TRAVELER DECLARATION FORM***

BSNC continues to closely monitor the guidelines provided by the CDC and state health officials regarding the pandemic and will provide updates including on BSNC’s COVID-19 public resource webpage at www.beringstraits.com/covid-19-update/. We are happy to answer any questions you may have via email at health@bsnc.net.

March 23, 2020COVID-19 Self-Quarantine

People who are traveling back to Bering Strait region villages from Anchorage or the Lower 48 are advised by health authorities to quarantine themselves for 14 days. You may not show any signs or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus for up to 14 days and it is important to keep our communities healthy and the spread of the virus contained. We must all take responsibility and do our part to protect our Elders and keep our communities well.

Anyone in the Bering Strait region who is concerned they may have the COVID-19 virus is urged not to visit their local clinic. Instead, please phone the Nurse Call Line at (907) 443-6411.
Statement from the Aurora Inn & Suites, a BSNC Company

The safety, comfort and well-being of our guests, hotel employees and our home community of Nome remain the Aurora Inn & Suites’ highest priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aurora Inn & Suites has taken precautionary measures to protect guests, employees and the public. The BSDC Board authorized staff to close the Aurora Inn & Suites.

• The Aurora Inn & Suites has stopped accepting new reservations, effective immediately.
• The Aurora Inn & Suites is reaching out to guests with upcoming reservations to postpone or cancel their reservations.
• For guests with existing reservations, the AuroraInn & Suites will allow changes or cancellations without a charge.
• At this time, entrance to the Aurora Inn & Suites is restricted to guests with current reservations and hotel employees.

The cleaning protocols and health and safety measures that are in place at the Aurora Inn & Suites are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including COVID-19.

Stampede Car Rentals is also no longer accepting reservations, effective immediately.

The Aurora Inn & Suites looks forward to resuming normal operations when the time is appropriate. Our hearts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event. The Aurora Inn & Suites will keep the community of Nome informed of any changes in circumstances. We thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate the uncertainties this pandemic has caused.
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