Gov. Mike Dunleavy is ending Alaska’s 14-day quarantine for new arrivals.
The initial investigations into Juneau’s cases announced on Thursday and Friday show that both are travel-related.
The announcement extinguishes any chance of salvaging Alaska’s delayed cruise ship season.
Wrangell is coordinating with a regional effort seeking assurances from operators of small cruise ships seeking to sail this summer.
An early version of American Cruise Lines’ plan falls short of proposed standards Southeast ports are developing with the Alaska Municipal League.
The COVID-19 pandemic has the unintended result of providing researchers with something like a control experiment.
Public health experts have credited measures like the quarantine order with holding Alaska’s COVID-19 case count below every other state in the country, and at least one warns that revoking it could cause a flare-up.
In a normal year, tourism and construction would be heating up around this time.
The Coast Guard found that a combination of mechanical breakdown and human error caused the Princess Cruises ship to lose power as it tried to maneuver out of Juneau’s Gastineau Channel.
Some Alaskans see a possible silver lining in the devastation: A spring and summer in a world-class tourist destination — without the tourists.