Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a stay at home order today that becomes effective at 5 p.m. March 28, 2020.

The mandate states, “All persons in Alaska, except for those engaged in essential health care services, public government services, and essential business activities, are mandated to remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing.”

Social distancing is defined as maintaining a distance of six feet or greater from any individuals with whom you do not currently reside.

A second mandate prohibits travel between communities. It states, “All in-state travel between communities, whether resident, worker, or visitor, is prohibited unless travel is to support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs.” The travel mandate goes into effect at 8 a.m. March 28.

The mandates say individuals must,

“Work from home as much as possible (see Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order).

“Immediately isolate any family member who is ill.

“Outdoor activity (e.g., walking, hiking, bicycling, running, fishing or hunting) is permitted when a distance of six or more feet can be maintained between individuals not in the same household.

“Any individual who exhibits symptoms of illness must not leave their home, including to work, except as necessary to seek or receive medical care.

“All individuals shall cease participation in public or private gatherings that include non-household members, regardless of the number of people involved. This includes, but is not limited to, weddings, faith gatherings, graduations, and funeral events.

“Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this mandate but are urged to obtain shelter.”

The governor also ordered “All businesses within Alaska, except those listed in Alaska Essential Services and Critical Workforce Infrastructure Order, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the state except Minimum Basic Operations.”

Businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home).”

Exempted business includes those that, provide healthcare operations including veterinary services, essential infrastructure, financial services sector, first responders, essential governmental functions

The state also reported the first in-state death from COVID-19 today. In Anchorage a 63-year-old person with underlying health conditions died as a result of the disease. The individual tested positive on March 25 and was being treated at an Anchorage hospital.

There are now 85 confirmed cases in Alaska, including one child.

Michael Paschall is the editor and publisher of Delta Wind and can be reached at