Wednesday, May 6th 2020, 5:07 PM AKDT
State leaders have announced the second phase of the “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan” — a guide for getting the economy back on track from the coronavirus crisis.
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled the first phase of the plan at the end of April. It allowed restaurants, salons and retail shops to reopen with limited services under strict guidelines from the state to prevent the spread of the virus.
While many businesses were ready to open their doors once again, some had to close for good after not being able to make ends meet during the forced shutdown.
Phase 2: Dunleavy’s ‘Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan’
The second phase of Dunleavy’s plan to reopen the economy will begin on Friday.
Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum said businesses that were able to open under the first phase of the plan can increase their capacity to 50%.
Restaurants that had to abide by a reservation-only policy under the first phase will now be able to accept walk-in customers.
Businesses that were not permitted to reopen under the first phase will be able to open with 25% capacity. This includes bars, libraries, theaters and other entertainment venues.
Gyms will also be able to open up for indoor activities at 25% capacity. Crum said pools will be able to be used at 50% capacity.
Social gatherings will be limited to 50 people or 50% capacity, an increase from previous restrictions.
Dunleavy said while the state is allowing the second phase to begin on Friday, people will need to check with their local municipality for guidance on opening up.
COVID-19 cases in Alaska
Dunleavy said it’s the responsibility of individual Alaskans to do all they can to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Over 23,000 tests for COVID-19 have been performed in Alaska. To date, there have been 372 confirmed cases of the disease in the state.
At least 284 people have recovered from the disease and 10 Alaskans have died. There are currently 78 active cases in the state.
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