anchorage

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is taking his suggestion for citizens to "hunker down" very seriously. An Emergency Order was released Saturday advising residents to stay at home as much as possible, except to work in certain critical jobs, to get food and supplies, to receive or provide healthcare and to recreate outside without contacting others.

Residents are further ordered to maintain a distance of at least six feet from anyone outside their household on the limited occasions when leave home.

At-risk populations were given further instruction to limit contact with other people, and, if possible, arrange for household members, friends or neighbors to deliver necessary items like food or other supplies.

The order goes into effect at 10:00pm on Sunday, March 22.

Those who are sick or have traveled through an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19 are told to reduce contact with others even further, staying home except to obtain medical care or to get fresh air, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people.

All non-critical businesses have been ordered to close.

Critical Businesses include those that provide for operations and maintenance of critical infrastructure, healthcare operations, first responders, critical government functions, defense and national security-related operations and media.

Additionally, grocery stores and food cultivation, businesses that provide for vulnerable populations, mailing and shipping services, laundry service providers, restaurants and bars providing for delivery and carry-out, and businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and service directly to residents, home-based healthcare, hotels, residential facilities can stay open.

Transportation service companies, gas stations and auto supply and repair, hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and Childcare facilities-used only by those who need childcare to work at a critical job are excluded from the order.

Educational institutions for distance learning, businesses that supply products needed for at-home work and critical business supplies, legal or accounting services, banks and financial institutions are also allowed to remain open.