As Alaskans, we show up for each other. Here at Travel Alaska, our top priority is keeping you – our Alaska friends and family and communities – and all those who work in Alaska tourism safe and healthy.
The Alaska Travel Industry Association – the leading statewide association for Alaska’s tourism industry – has developed protocols for Alaska tourism businesses as we start operating in our “new normal”. These guidelines address general best practices for any business – such as washing your hands frequently and maintaining social distancing as appropriate – but also detailed information on cleaning and disinfecting, encouraging remote payment and advance reservations, checking staff and guest temperatures before starting out on an activity, and being prepared in case someone does fall ill on a trip. We are working hard to keep Alaska safe!
While Alaska is right there at the top when it comes to social distancing, here are some tips to help keep you safe as you explore all Alaska has to offer.
- Always check the latest State of Alaska Health Mandates prior to hitting the road.
- Mask up. Anchorage, Valdez, Sitka, Cordova, and Juneau have mask guidelines for indoor, public spaces. Some businesses are also required to screen guests ahead of time, and some may require guests, as well as employees, to wear face coverings. Be safe and be kind to your fellow Alaskans. Please, wear your mask.
- From campgrounds to organized tours, make reservations ahead of time and consider paying electronically. Walk-ins may be okay depending on the location, activity, or attraction, but it’s always best to call ahead.
- Alaskans know about being self-sufficient. If you are traveling some distance from home, fill up your tank and bring snacks and water with you on your adventures.
- Mom always said to wash your hands (and don’t touch your face!). But, if you’re going someplace where it won’t be easy to wash your hands with soap and water, bring hand sanitizer.
- If you – or anyone in your household group – is showing signs of illness, please stay home. Alaska will wait!
Most of Alaska’s tourism businesses are small operations. COVID-19 has hit us hard, and we appreciate you showing up and supporting us during these tough times.
Updated: July 31, 2020