Phase 2: Recovery, Phase 3: “Maintenance”

Lower Risk of Community Transmission • Lower Level of Community Protections. DOWNLOADABLE/PRINTABLE VERSION

Daily life resumes with increased COVID-19 awareness and monitoring.

Allowable Activities

Protective Measure

Risk Metrics

 • Schools and workplaces open and must operate safely.

• Increased gathering size.

• No restrictions on domestic travel or transportation but avoid public travel or transportation if sick.


 • Continue monitoring community Risk Metrics to evaluate changes; ability to quickly rollback Allowable Activities to Phase 2, 1, or Hunker Down again if data shows worsening conditions (lower threshold would be used).

• Self-isolation and quarantine still required.

• Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms.

• Physical distancing still encouraged.

• Wash and dry hands, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face.

In order to transition from this phase, all Phase 2 metrics are met with increases to downward trends.

• Widespread community transmission is no longer present in the MOA.

• Individual cases are identified, traced and isolated.

Phase 2: Recovery

Safety Criteria for Businesses to Reopen or Expand Operations

Effective 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020

Dear members;

Enclosed you will find the following guidelines for Phase 2 in reopening restaurants, bars & breweries. Effective Monday, May 11, 2020.

Here you will find Reopening Guidance Documents.

  1. Operating criteria for restaurants;
  2. Operating criteria for bars and breweries;
  3. Example of temporary occupancy posting;
  4. Example of symptoms notice for posting;
  5. Example guest log in;
  6. Example employee screening log;
  7. Example mitigation plan.

Contact our office if we can be of further assistance at 907-646-4628 


As the Governor introduced phase 2 of reopening Alaska on 5/6/2020. Today, 5/7/2020 phase 2 guidelines were release as it starts on Friday, May 8, 2020.
You can find guidelines here

Dear Members;

Alaska Hospitality Retailers board of directors continue to provide information with educational and supporting materials. We encourage all members to check with your local government as the mandates might be more restrictive in your community, and as we all know, home rule governs. We will keep you informed as the Governor and Mayor move through the different phases in reopening our industry.  If you decide to open for dine-in, here you will find two (2) documents which are important tools in your road to reopening.

  1. Example of employee screen log
  2. Example of mitigation plan

On April 22, Governor Dunleavy introduced Health Mandate 016: Reopen Alaska Responsible Plan. Health Mandate 016 goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020 as follows:

Reopening Alaska’s businesses is vital to the state’s economic well-being, and to the ability of Alaskans to provide for their families. At the same time, everyone shares in the obligation to keep Alaska safe and continue to combat the spread of COVID-19. As a result, businesses and employees must, to the extent reasonably feasible, continue to take reasonable care to protect their staff and operations during this pandemic. Meanwhile, all Alaskans have an obligation to help promote public health and fight this pandemic by continuing to follow public health guidance regarding sanitizing, handwashing, and use of face masks. Those that are at high risk of infection are encouraged to continue to self-quarantine, to the extent possible, and strictly follow social distancing mandates and advisories.

This section applies to restaurants only. Bars remain closed. Restaurants may resume table service dining if they meet all of requirements as specified in attachment F

April  20, Mayor Berkowitz announced a roadmap to re-open Anchorage. Hunkering down has saved lives, and building on that progress by slowly reopening will require continued discipline and caution from all of us. The plan gives an overview of what the road ahead will look like, and the health metrics that will guide our way. Read the full plan here:

April 24, Today, Mayor Berkowitz released safety criteria that must be met for certain businesses to open or expand operations beginning Monday April 27, 2020. The health metrics established in the “Safe Anchorage: Roadmap to Reopening the Municipality of Anchorage” plan have been met, and indicate that the Municipality can cautiously move from Hunkering Down to “Easing” restrictions. Before Monday, the Mayor will issue an emergency order that will supersede the Hunker Down order and allow for these modifications. Press release attached and Phase 1 operating requirements.

Please contact our office or email if we can be of further assistance (907-646-4628)





UPDATE: Final Phase 3 Operating Requirements

UPDATE: Final Phase 3 Operating Requirements

Download the PDF.

COVID Tools Available for Restaurant Owners and Operators

Here are some tools available to help restaurant owners and operators understand and utilize federal relief and recovery programs. The documents address implementation of paid and sick leave regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and information on the loan, grant, and tax credit programs contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Paid and Sick Leave Regulations Under the FFCRA

The FFCRA, signed into law on March 18, created two temporary leave programs (Emergency Paid Sick Leave, EPSL; and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion, EFMLE) that require private sector employers with less than 500 employees to provide leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. Under the law, covered employers qualify for 100 percent (full costs of both leave programs) reimbursement through refundable tax credits.

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is responsible for implementing and enforcing new leave mandates enacted as part of the Phase II COVID-19 response bill.  

Click here for an overview of the paid and sick leave regulations in the FFCRA.


The CARES Act created a $349 billion fund to help businesses retain employees during the virus emergency and includes a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of federally-guaranteed loans to eligible companies. 

The CARES Act also established the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) targeting small businesses with both a low interest loan and the possibility of a short-term cash advance that is forgivable under certain rules. The law established a new Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) of up to 50 percent of as much as $10,000 in employee wages paid by businesses that are closed, partially closed, or experiencing a major reduction in revenue due to the crisis.

More about PPP

More about EIDL

More about ERTC

  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund – The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation set up the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Bar Magic Relief – A hospitality relief dashboard made specifically to assist those in the culinary, foodservice, and hospitality industries during this time of crisis.
  • Southern Smoke Foundation – A crisis relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry.
  • USBG Foundation – Bartender emergency assistance program

via National Restaurant Association

ABC Board Adoption of Emergency Regulations Regarding Emergency Alcohol Curbside and Home Delivery

After an emergency health mandate from the Governor of the State of Alaska, the Alcoholic

Beverage Control (ABC) Board held an emergency meeting and adopted emergency COVID19

regulations that outline processes, procedures, requirements, and restrictions pertaining to the

curbside delivery and home delivery of alcoholic beverages on a short-term, temporary basis

during this crisis. We recommend you read and follow directions carefully. [Downloadable PDF]