Governor limits access to some facilities, orders after school activities suspended March 16-30

KMXT received the following press release from the governor’s office.

We post it here as received, with minor edits.


Governor Issues First COVID-19 Health Mandate


March 13, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today issued the State of Alaska’s first COVID-19 Health Mandate following a series of Health Alerts distributed this week.

The mandate suspends and limits general public visitation to the following state institutions until otherwise rescinded by DHSS and the Office of the Governor:


Suspended Visitation

  • Department of Corrections (DOC) Facilities
  • Division of Juvenile Justice Facilities
  • Alaska Military Youth Academy
  • Alaska Psychiatric Institute


Limited Visitation

  • Alaska Pioneer Homes


Additionally, public school days between March 16, 2020 and March 30, 2020 will be non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school and all after school activities will be suspended.



A signed copy of the mandate can be found here.

For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit


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