Chris Arend

Health & Safety

Alaskans take care of each other — and our guests. That means Anchorage businesses, accommodations, activities, and attractions are all going the extra mile to ensure visitor health and safety. From industry-leading sanitation standards at hotels and event venues, to a variety of mitigation measures established by tour operators and travel professionals, here’s what you can expect to find on a visit to Anchorage:

Travel Requirements: Depending on when you visit, you may encounter a variety of state and local travel requirements. Visitors may be asked to submit a travel declaration form, complete pre-trip testing, and observe a variety of health and safety measures. While the circumstances and standards may change, Anchorage’s commitment to visitor safety remains. 

Masks: Depending on when you visit, you may also encounter Anchorage’s citywide mask mandate — a simple, easy way to help protect the entire community against the spread of COVID-19. Masks may be required in businesses, indoor public spaces, and outdoor public spaces where it’s difficult to maintain at least six feet of distance from other people. Pack plenty of extras, and prepare to experience Anchorage in safety and comfort.

Citywide Sanitization. From outdoor gear shops to restaurants, Anchorage businesses of all types now offer additional, enhanced ways for guests to stay healthy and safe. The Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center and Egan Civic & Convention Center both use VenueShield, an industry-leading set of cleaning and safety procedures. Major hotels have rolled out enhanced health measures: Hilton’s CleanStay program, Marriot’s Commitment to Clean, and others. Highlights include more frequent surface disinfection, sanitation stations for guests, and new cleaning tools like electrostatic sprayers and ultraviolet light technology.

Space to Stretch Out. Alaska makes it easy to practice social distancing, and Anchorage businesses and visitor attractions are now giving guests even more space to stretch out. Many companies are operating with reduced capacity, tables are placed farther apart, and guests are asked to give their neighbors plenty of breathing room. Observe and respect posted signage, and look for new outdoor dining options, pedestrian-only zones downtown, and a wide variety of new outdoor events like drive-in concerts and comedy shows, yoga and dance classes, windowfront art exhibits, and more.

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