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The State of Alaska announced the distribution of a new COVID-Conscious Business Toolkit which features Alaska-themed artwork to communicate and encourage measures, such as physical distancing and mask wearing.

This new suite of printable resources is being made to Alaska businesses to help encourage COVID-19 precautions among employees and customers

“COVID-19 is still a serious concern and Alaskans have done an extraordinary job doing their part to prevent the spread,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “Our goal with these resources is to provide support to businesses as they reopen responsibly and to encourage everyone to keep following these preventative measures while they’re out in their communities.”

Digital graphics are available for use on social media, email messages and websites, as well as downloadable materials that can be printed and displayed including front door signs, floor decals/signs to support physical distancing, commitment statements, and other signage for posting in breakrooms, restrooms and doors.

“Businesses around the state have stepped up with innovations and approaches that allow them to operate responsibly while protecting both customers and employees from COVID-19,” said Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum. “This is to help support their efforts. COVID Conscious materials include a spectrum of options that businesses to choose from. These materials say, ‘we’re Alaskans and we’re all in this together.’ We’re hoping as Alaskans support local businesses, they’ll know they’re helping keep businesses open by preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

DHSS employee Ellen Grover Devine created the illustrations that are featured in the materials. COVID Conscious materials are adapted from a campaign developed by Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks. DHSS and the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) and several partner organizations collaborated to build upon the resources with Alaska design themes.

“Getting Alaska businesses up and running and Alaskans back to work is top priority right now,” said DCCED Commissioner Julie Anderson. “These COVID conscious materials are another significant effort to that end. I’m grateful for the collaboration that led to the creation of these materials for our Alaska businesses.”

The materials are located at dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/COVID-19/business.aspx