Most people who took a flight to Alaska from out of state last week opted to bypass the two-week quarantine and undergo COVID-19 testing instead, according to state health officials.
Travelers entering Alaska by land or sea from out of state are required to complete COVID-19 testing procedures and travel declaration forms, state officials said on Saturday. The requirements have already been in place for about two weeks in several Alaska airports. “We wanted to make sure we have a process for those travelers that…
The boat belongs to Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. The harbor master couldn’t comment who was on board the ship. However, he said the passengers complied with state mandates.
The move chips away at some of the last remaining big-ship cruises on Southeast Alaska’s schedule.
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.
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.
The Canada Border Services Agency said it wants travelers to limit their stops and practice social distancing when they do have to stop.
American Cruise Lines had planned cruises in late June and was working with communities to come up with acceptable protocols for screening, testing, cleaning and quarantine for its passengers and crew.
Borough Clerk Alekka Fullerton said the potential economic benefits of cruise tourism are not worth the health risks.