Lt. Gov. Meyer said the state is encouraging voters to request absentee ballots or to vote early to reduce the lines on election day.
That decision is typically granted by a federal board, but because everything about the pandemic is unprecedented, it hasn’t been simple.
The impacts of an infected person breaking quarantine are far-ranging: Ketchikan Public Utilities’ sole customer service office is closed. Ketchikan Little League announced it would suspend three divisions for at least two weeks.
Some business owners and advocates said the changes don’t go far enough, and that the Legislature should reconvene to pass a bill allowing more businesses to be eligible.
Allen Marine normally operates tour boats out of Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. But with tourism numbers way down because of the coronavirus, they’re branching out.
The traveler reportedly arrived Saturday evening, but violated the state’s health mandate requiring visitors to quarantine pending test results. Ketchikan police are investigating.
On Twitter, the company addressed Alaska politicians: “We are hopeful that through the support of the Alaska delegation and openness of mayors of Alaska port towns, we have the potential to resume voyages in September.”
All non-essential travel between the countries will be prohibited until at least July 21.
On Sunday, state health officials reclassified those two Craig cases as tourists in Ketchikan. Not so, says Ketchikan’s emergency operations center spokesperson, Kacie Paxton.
The Canada Border Services Agency said it wants travelers to limit their stops and practice social distancing when they do have to stop.