COVID-19 Updates

RESOLUTION NO. 20-03-02

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOONAH DECLARING A LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND A REQUEST FOR STATE AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

 

WHEREAS: COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus (“virus”), a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans and is easily transmittable person to person; and

 

WHEREAS: on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared the virus a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS: on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska, and since the declaration was announced, the State received confirmation of a positive case of the virus on March 12, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS: on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS: on March 13, 2020, the State of Alaska Legislature announced initial actions to limit the spread of COVID-19, including limiting access to the State Capitol; and

 

WHEREAS: on the afternoon of March 13, 2020, Governor Dunleavy closed all schools in Alaska for two weeks;

 

WHEREAS: a substantial number of the workforce in the City of Hoonah have children in the Hoonah School District and are now desperately searching for childcare solutions;

 

WHEREAS: the economy generated from cruise ship travelers during the short summer months supports the year-round businesses, citizens, and governments in the City of Hoonah; and

 

WHEREAS: the City of Hoonah is a community of approximately 800 people that was forecasted to receive approximately 460,000 cruise ship travelers in 2020; and

 

WHEREAS: the cruise ships that normally come to the City of Hoonah originate from Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, Canada; and

 

WHEREAS:  during the week of March 9, 2020, the local economy supported by cruise ship travelers suffered catastrophic news: the State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended travel restrictions on cruise ships, the Port of Seattle described it was closing its cruise ship terminals in two week increments; at least two cruise lines voluntarily halted all cruise travel for 60 days; and the Prime Minister of Canada closed all cruise ports in Canada until July; and

 

WHEREAS: COVID-19 poses an imminent threat to human health, safety and welfare to the residents of the City of Hoonah (“COH”); and

 

WHEREAS:  due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, the available COH infrastructure and resources, including the Hoonah Fire Department, Hoonah Police Department, the Hoonah Airport, the Hoonah School District, among others, will be likely inadequate to handle the consequences of a COVID-19 outbreak unless the COH implements emergency powers; and

 

WHEREAS:  it is essential to implement local emergency powers given the potential ability of the virus to cause death or injury to people, necessitating measures to protect the public health, safety, and welfare; and

 

WHEREAS:  in order to contain any potential harm that may be caused by the virus, State and Federal assistance is needed to supplement local efforts to respond to this public health emergency; and

 

WHEREAS:, the COH is currently in the process of amending its department of disaster emergency services to reflect modern emergency management operations, including threats to public health; however, pursuant to the powers of the COH Council under the City Code and AS 26.23.140, the COH Council may declare the existence of an emergency; and

 

WHEREAS: the Council deems it necessary to declare a local emergency to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Hoonah; and

 

WHEREAS: the COH requests the Governor of Alaska to provide State assistance to the City of Hoonah in its response to the virus, including assistance for fire protection, law enforcement, and the provision of other funds, services, functions, supplies, or materials determined by the City Administrator Dennis Gray, Jr. and Mayor Byers, in consultation with the City Attorney James Sheehan and local emergency agencies, to be necessary to meet the public safety and welfare needs arising from or incidental to COVID-19 and to recover from the damages caused; and

 

WHEREAS:  the COH Council further authorizes the City Administrator in conjunction with the City Mayor, to implement any orders necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious disease and to take measures to ensure that all cases of contagious disease are subject to proper control and treatment; and

 

WHEREAS:  the City Administrator in conjunction with the City Mayor, should seek Council approval prior to issuing any orders (1) related to private property, (2) related to mass quarantine or isolation, or (3) related to rationing of goods or supplies; and

 

WHEREAS:  a public health related order, if any, shall be consistent with federal or state public health official recommendations; and

 

WHEREAS: the provisions of COH Code may be suspended, providing for the purchase of supplies, services, and items during, and for the purpose of alleviating, a class 2 emergency; and

 

WHEREAS:  all resources of the municipal government, including COH personnel, are hereby available as necessary to deal with the emergency, and municipal departments, agencies, and/or personnel may be transferred or altered in function for the purpose of performing or facilitating performance services responsive to this emergency; and

 

WHEREAS:  while the potential extent and effect of COVID-19 cannot yet be known, it remains vital for the COH to be prepared and take all needed precautions throughout the entire timeframe of the emergency related to COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS: because of the ongoing nature of the emergency, this declaration of local emergency shall remain in effect until November 24, 2020, or until the virus is no longer declared a federal or state emergency, whichever occurs first.

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOONAH, ALASKA:

 

Section 1.            The Council of the City of Hoonah hereby declares a local emergency to exist within the City of Hoonah. A copy of this Resolution shall be filed promptly with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

 

Section 2.            The City of Hoonah requests that the Governor of Alaska provide such State assistance as may be available to meet the ongoing emergency created by COVID-19 and to request additional assistance from Federal agencies where State capability is not adequate.

 

Section 3.  Effective Date.   This Resolution shall be effective immediately after its adoption.

 

PASSED AND APPROVED BY A DULY CONSTITUTED QUORUM OF THE HOONAH CITY COUNCIL THIS    18TH DAY OF March, 2020.     

 

RESOLUTION NO. 20-03-03

 

 

A Resolution Temporarily Amending Resolution 20-03-03 Related to the Council Rules of Procedure and COVID-19.

 

WHEREAS:  COVID-19 or coronavirus is a contagious virus that is actively spreading across the world, including in the United States; and,

 

WHEREAS: public health officials describe that COVID-19 is most severe in people older than 65 and people with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes; and

 

WHEREAS:  public health officials currently recommend social distancing measures that minimize large group meetings and that encourage people to stay six feet apart; and

 

WHEREAS: the boards, commissions, and committees of the City of Hoonah host multiple public meetings a week; and

 

WHEREAS: the Council Rules of Procedure govern the Council’s advisory boards, commissions, and committees; and

 

WHEREAS:  upon balancing the health risks of COVID-19 and transparent government principles, the Council finds it necessary to temporarily change how City of Hoonah public meetings are conducted; and

 

WHEREAS: public comment opportunities still exist at public meetings, and members of the public are encouraged to submit comments in writing, like by emailing, or on-line meetings; and

 

WHEREAS:  telephone or telephonic as “any system of synchronous two-way voice communication,” which could include tradition telephones and internet-based internet audio or video applications;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOONAH, ALASKA:

 

Section 1.            A member may participate via telephone in an Assembly meeting, or an Assembly Committee meeting, if the member declares that circumstances prevent physical attendance at the meeting.  If the Mayor chooses to participate via telephone, the Deputy Mayor shall preside.  No more than the first five members to contact the Clerk regarding telephonic participation in a particular meeting may participate via telephone at any one meeting.

 

Section 2.            COVID-19 Public Meeting Prevention and Mitigation.

 

COVID-19 Public Meeting Prevention and Mitigation.

 

  • Public seating area. Overflow rooms should be made available with live audio or video of the meeting. To the extent reasonable, overflow seats for members of the public should be three to six feet apart in the regular meeting area and in any overflow rooms.

 

  • Member seating area. If multiple members attend telephonically, members are free to sit in a vacant seat to provide the maximum spacing between members.

 

  • Alternative public broadcasting. This provision only applies to public meetings of the City of Hoonah and its committees, boards, and commissions. In addition to regular Council meetings broadcasts, meetings with substantial public interest should be live broadcast in a manner that is reasonably calculated to provide meaningful public observance of the public meeting. The chair of a committee, board, or commission has discretion, unless overruled by majority vote, if and how a meeting should be broadcast.

 

  • Essential agenda items only. The committees, boards, and commissions of the City of Hoonah shall only hold meetings for essential agenda items. Nonessential agenda items must be delayed. Essential items can include time sensitive permit decisions, legislation, appropriation matters, continuity of operation matters, and public health matters. The chair of a committee, board, or commission has discretion to determine if a potential agenda item is essential or nonessential. An agenda with an item the chair proposes to be non-essential shall be publicly posted a reasonable time prior to the meeting. A majority of the members of the body may call the proposed non-essential item for consideration at the meeting within 24 hours of agenda posting. Non-essential public meetings must be canceled. Public meetings with essential items in which public comment is required should allow for public comment by telephone. Meeting agendas should be evaluated one month at a time. 

 

Section 3.  Sunset Provision. This resolution shall automatically expire and no longer have effect after November 24, 2020.

 

 

        PASSED AND APPROVED BY A DULY CONSTITUTED QUORUM OF THE HOONAH CITY COUNCIL THIS   18th DAY OF March, 2020.                                                                     

 

Emergency order 03-20-20

In response to COVID-19

Effective Date/Time: March 20, 2020

Issued by the City Administrator in conjunction with Mayor of Hoonah, Alaska by authorization granted by Emergency Resolution No. 20-03-02

 

The following Emergency Regulations are effective as of 6:00 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020 to protect public health during the COVID-19 emergency.  The following Emergency regulations shall have the power of law and shall remain in effect until May 1st, 2020, and shall supersede all conflicting laws, ordinances, or regulations during the term of this emergency.

 

  1. All bars, restaurants, fraternal organizations, churches, sellers of food and beverages, locations where congregate meals are served, and any other establishments serving food or beverages within the City of Hoonah shall be closed for dine-in or drink-in service. All buffets and salad bars shall be closed to self-service. This order does not forbid otherwise lawful take-out or delivery service. A copy of this order shall be conspicuously posted by the owner, operator, manager, or other person having control of an establishment subject to this order.

    • This regulation does not apply to grocery stores (except as to self-service buffets and salad bars within).

  2. All Public Gatherings shall be limited to five persons or less. Churches will not be allowed to convene live services.

  3. The City of Hoonah strongly encourages social distancing of six feet or more in public places.

 

Dated this 20th day of March 20, 2020.

EMERGENCY ORDER 03-23-20

In response to COVID-19

Effective Date/Time: March 23, 2020

Issued by the City Administrator in conjunction with Mayor of Hoonah, Alaska by authorization granted by Emergency Resolution No. 20-03-02


The following Emergency Regulations are effective as of 12:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020 to protect public health during the COVID-19 emergency. The following Emergency regulations shall have the power of law and shall remain in effect until May 1st, 2020, and shall supersede all conflicting laws, ordinances, or regulations during the term of this emergency.

1. All Playgrounds and Parks are now closed to the public, to include children of any age.

Dated this 23th day of March, 2020.

 
 

**PUBLIC NOTICE**
Special City Council Meeting
March 26, 2020
7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Out of an abundance of caution, this meeting is not open to in-person public attendance.

I.    Call to Order
II.    Roll Call
III.    Pledge of Allegiance
IV.    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
V.    Adjourn

To listen in to our Special City Council Meeting, Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. regarding a COVID-19 Update, please dial 1-253-215-8782 and listen for the prompt.


The meeting ID is 843 643 784

 

EMERGENCY ORDER 03-26-20

RESOLUTION NO. 20-03-04

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOONAH DECLARING A LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO COVID-19.

 

WHEREAS: COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and is caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus ("virus"), a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans and is easily transmittable person to person; and


WHEREAS: on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization ("WHO") declared the virus a pandemic;


WHEREAS: on March 11, 2020, the State of Alaska declared a public health emergency in response to the anticipated outbreak of the virus in Alaska; and


WHEREAS: on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus pandemic; and


WHEREAS: on March 18, 2020, the Council declared a local emergency in response to COVID-19; and


WHEREAS: on March 20, 2020 the neighboring community of Juneau had two confirmed COVID-19 cases,


WHEREAS: on March 25, 2020 the State of Alaska had 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases; and

WHEREAS: the City of Hoonah is linked to Juneau by daily commercial traffic and weekly ferry service; and


WHEREAS: COVID-19 poses an imminent threat to human health, safety and welfare to the residents of the City of Hoonah ("COH"); and


NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOONAH, ALASKA:

Section 1. Traveler Quarantine Order: Any person traveling into the City of Hoonah by aircraft or vessel that came from outside of Hoonah is required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving at their destination and monitor for symptoms of illness. During travel and following quarantine period, appropriate social distancing measures must be followed.

A.    Public Health Exceptions. People performing essential public health duties shall be exempt from quarantine except as necessary to protect the health and safety of others.


B.    Critical Business or Entity Exception. People that are engaged in critical business or entities are exempt from the quarantine requirement and they are still required to comply with all State health mandates. Critical business or entities are the following:


i.Transportation and logistics
ii.Agricultural operations, including fishing and fish processing
iii.Shipyard workers, to include shipwrights and mechanics for boat repair
iv.Raw material production for manufacturing, including timber and mill production.
v.Water, wastewater and sanitation
vi.Government functions
vii.Public Safety and first responders
viii.Healthcare & Public Health
ix.Communications

Section 2.

  1. Hunker down and shelter in place to prepare for and mitigate the severity of a COVID-19 outbreak in Hoonah.

  2. Critical supply chain and service businesses remain open for business, These include: grocery stores, gas station, restaurants for take-out food only, hardware stores, healthcare providers, communications service businesses, childcare facilities providing services to persons performing critical or emergency services, utilities, fishing and government functions.

  3. DO NOT PANIC BUY or HOARD. All critical supply businesses will remain open for business.

  4. Non-critical businesses are encouraged to close to public access and provide business via phone and internet for pick up and drop off service only.

  5. If capable of working from home please work with your employer to do so. Conduct business via telephone or electronic means as much as possible.

  6. If Healthy, and not symptomatic, make limited trips to the open businesses to purchase food and supplies without lingering in areas where other people are shopping,

  7. If out of the home, observe excellent hygiene, including hand washing or hand sanitizing whenever possible. Clean surfaces after use.

  8. Practice Social distancing whenever in the company of other people and maintain at least six feet of separation.

  9. All Public Gatherings of 5 people or more are prohibited

  10. Parents are encouraged to have their children, if in the company of someone from outside the household to follow separation distance of six feet while outside playing.

  11. Enjoy outdoor activity while practicing social distancing, if in the company of someone form outside your household maintain separation distance of six feet.

  12. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing call your healthcare provider at 945 2735 immediately for medial advice. If you are sick or suspect that you may be infected with COVID-19, you should take steps immediately to help prevent the spread of the virus in our home and community.

  13. Follow all health mandates and alerts issued by Governor Dunleavy and the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Section 3. All municipal facilities will remain closed to include City Pool, City Gymnasium, Youth Center Building. School Playground and City Park will also be closed for public use.
 

City Hall will be closed to the public, but will maintain operations and will be accepting payments via our drop box, over the phone or through our online payment system.
 

Section 4. Effective Date. This Resolution shall be effective until April 26th, 2020.


PASSED AND APPROVED BY A DULY CONSTITUTED QUORUM OF THE HOONAH CITY COUNCIL THIS 26th DAY OF March, 2020.

 

The City has worked with our State Representative to secure online renewals for Driver license, CDL and /ID's

In-state extensions are being allowed, and all credentials, including commercial can be extended by 6 months until further notice.


Applicants requesting an extension of their driver license expiring during this period, may apply on the DMV website at: http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/


There is a $5 processing fee and applicants will receive a paper license extension valid for 6 months. This process is available for both commercial and noncommercial licenses.

ID cards may be renewed on-line.
 

https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/DMVMailInRenewal/index.aspx

 

RESOLUTION NO. 20-03-05

AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOONAH FINDING THE EXISTENCE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK; AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 20-03-04 AND EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 03-26-20; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE RESOLUTION NOS. 20-03-02 AND 20-03-03 AND THE DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 03-20-20, ISSUED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY ADMINISTRATOR ON March 20, 2020; SEEKING STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE; AND ISSUING CERTAIN HEALTH ADVISORIES AND REQUESTS CONSISTENT WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW

WHEREAS: the City Council, the Mayor and the City Administrator issued Resolution Nos. 20-03-02 and 20-03-03 and the Declaration of a Local Emergency Order No. 03-20-20 related to the outbreak of COVID- 19 (herein together, the "Resolutions and Emergency Order") , consistent with all powers and duties conferred to them under the Hoonah City Code, Title 29 of Alaska Statutes, and other State and Federal Law; and


WHEREAS: the City of Hoonah concurs with all statements and finding contained in the Resolutions and Emergency Order, and seeks to fully incorporate them by reference into this Emergency Resolution as Appendix A; and


WHEREAS: under AS 29.25.030, "to meet a public emergency," the Hoonah City Council "may adopt an emergency [resolution] effective upon adoption," provided such ordinance or resolution contains a finding by the City Council that an emergency exists and may be adopted, amended and adopted, or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced; and

WHEREAS: the Hoonah City Council seeks to exercise the maximum degree of local authority available to the City Council in order to contain and mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19 in the City of Hoonah and its surrounding communities; and


WHEREAS: the Hoonah City Council seeks to amend and restate City of Hoonah Resolution 20-03-04 and Emergency Order No. 03-26-20 with this Resolution; and


WHEREAS: the residents of Game Creek Farm, which is outside the City boundaries shall be treated and considered residents of the City of Hoonah for the purpose of this Resolution;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOONAH, ALASKA:


Section 1. Finding of Local Disaster Emergency. The Hoonah City Council hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the Resolutions and Emergency Order. A copy of this Resolution and Appendix A shall be filed promptly with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Section 2. Request for State and Federal Funding Assistance. The City of Hoonah requests that the Governor of Alaska provide such State assistance as may be available to meet the ongoing emergency created by COVID-19 and to request additional assistance from Federal agencies where State capability is not adequate.


Section 3. Civil Immunity Asserted. In adopting and enforcing this Resolution, the City and its council members, agents, officers, and employees assert and maintain all immunities and indemnifications provided for under AS 09.65.070, under the Hoonah Municipal Code, and any other immunities or indemnifications available in law or equity.


Section 4. Travel and Business Advisories and Requests. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, and consistent with all current State and Federal health laws, advisories, mandates, and guidelines to protect the public health and welfare, the Hoonah City Council advises and requests that:

a)    Consistent with State Health Mandate 10.1, all persons arriving into the City of Hoonah from any other part of Alaska and another state or country, whether worker, resident, or visitor, must self­ quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine-order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home; and


b)    Consistent with State Health Mandate 10.1, businesses and employees of critical infrastructure as defined in Attachment A to State Health Mandate 10.1 must follow all protocols and procedures described in State Health Mandate 10.1 with respect to any business conducted in the City of Hoonah;and


c)    To provide greater protection to the residents of Hoonah, businesses and employees of critical infrastructure as defined Attachment A to State Health Mandate 10.1, the Hoonah City Council requires any person entering the City of Hoonah from outside the City boundaries by marine vessel, motor vehicle or airplane is required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival except:(1)people performing essential public health duties shall quarantine, except as necessary to protect health and safety of others; and (2) people that are engaged in critical business, industry or economic sectors as described in Attachment A to State Health Mandate 10.1 may be exempted by the Hoonah Mayor upon the submission and approval of a written plan of protection describing protocols and policies that will be undertaken to ensure that the entrance of persons will not endanger the health and safety of residents or compromise the health of the community; such plan of protection must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the entrance of the employees in the City boundaries; and

d)    Consistent with State Health Mandate 9.1., with the exception of urgent and emergent health care needs and facilities, all businesses, congregations, or gatherings in the City of Hoonah where individuals are within six feet of each other must cease all operations; and


e)    Consistent with, but restrictive than State Health Mandate 9.1, because of the City of Hoonah's unique situation, no gatherings of more than 4 people (except those persons that reside together in a dwelling) may take place, and if such a gathering does take place, people must be and remain six feet apart from each other; and

f)    The mandates in (a) through (e) of this section remain in effect until the State of Alaska lifts them; and


g)    The City is authorized to use the full force available to it under the law, including its police power, to "suppress unlawful assemblies" which come to the City's knowledge, and "generally keep the peace" (HCC 03.28.060) and to exercise the City's power to "promote the public, health, safety, and welfare of the present and future inhabitants of the city" (HCC 03.28.040 and 03.44.020), with respect to activities within the City boundaries;


h)    That travelers cease all non-essential travel into the City of Hoonah, unless they are returning home or arriving for a medical, personal, or business emergency, or to work in critical workforce infrastructure as defined by the State; and


i)    That travelers returning to Hoonah from any other part of Alaska, regardless of whether they have previously quarantined elsewhere in the State, immediately and voluntarily self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine - order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home; and

j)    If travelers returning to Hoonah are not able self-quarantine in a dwelling because of the proximity of other persons in the dwelling, all persons in the dwelling must immediately and voluntarily self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine - order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home; and


k)    Any person that enters a room or dwelling where a person or people are in self-quarantine, must immediately and voluntarily self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine - order them by phone or on line, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home; and

I)    A resident of Hoonah, that is not required to self-quarantine under this Resolution, may depart and return from the City boundaries for recreational purposes and commercial fishing, so long as the resident is not required to self-quarantine as described in this Resolutions; and

m) Consistent with applicable State guidelines and mandates, that all persons in the City of Hoonah stay home as much as possible, except to work in critical workforce infrastructure as defined by the State; to receive or provide health care; and to get fresh air without contacting others. On the limited occasions when individuals leave home, they should maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person outside their household wherever possible. Individuals are also recommended to practice hygiene, including regular hand washing.

Section 5. Shelter in Place

a) Residents are encouraged to shelter in place, which means to stay at home as much as possible, to prepare for and mitigate the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the City of Hoonah; and

b)    Residents are ordered to not panic or hoard, as noted in Section 4, all critical supply chains into Hoonah and businesses will remain open for business; and


c)    Residents with children are encouraged to have their children, if in the company of someone from outside the household, to follow social distancing guidelines, described in Section 4, while playing outside and respect others; and


d)    Residents are encouraged to educate other residents of the City of Hoonah and request, without force, that others comply with the guidelines in this Resolution.

Section 6.  Effective Date Consistent with AS 29.35.030(c), this Resolution shall be effective immediately upon adoption by the Hoonah City Council and shall remain in effect for sixty (60) days, or until COVID-19 is no longer declared a Federal or State emergency, whichever occurs first. The Council may meet to assess the status of the outbreak emergency and consider renewing this Resolution, as necessary and appropriate, to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.


Section 7. Classification. This Resolution is not permanent in nature and shall not become a part of the Hoonah City Code.


PASSED AND APPROVED BY A DULY CONSITITUTED QUORUM OF THE HOONAH CITY COUNCIL THIS 26th DAY OF March, 2020.

 

Department of Transportation and
Public Facilities

 

OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER

 

3132 Channel Drive

P.O. Box 112500

Juneau, Alaska 99811-2500

Main: 907.465.3900

dot.state.ak.us

 

March 24, 2020

 

 

Dear Sir / Maam,

As rural communities seek to limit the impacts of COVID19, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is receiving numerous requests for local airport closures.  DOT&PF has confirmed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that airport closure is not a valid option at this time for several reasons:

  • Airports are public facilities that provide critical life, health, and safety access to rural communities.

  • Alaska’s airports have received significant federal funding to ensure they remain open and operational to all aircraft users and the public.Federal grant assurances associated with the funding prohibits airport closure without FAA approval.

  • Public airports must remain open and available to all types of users (commercial, private, passenger, cargo, etc.)

Questions have arisen surrounding 17 AAC 45.700 – Airport Abandonment or Closure.  This regulation is intended to address emergency operational issues (runway obstructions, unsafe surface conditions, etc) that could result in an aircraft mishap and requires FAA approval.  In such cases, the FAA gives the airport sponsor (DOT&PF) the authority to immediately close the airport to prevent an operational mishap. 

In response to the COVID19 situation, the FAA also issued the following:

“In general, the FAA does not permit temporary closure or restriction of federally obligated airports for nonaeronautical purposes. An airport sponsor must obtain FAA approval to allow airport closure for a non-aeronautical purpose. (Grant Assurance 19 and 49 U.S.C. § 47107(a)(8)). Grant Assurance 19 further requires that airport sponsors will not cause or permit any activity or action on the airport that would interfere with its use for airport purposes. This guidance includes all airport structures and operational areas.”

Both the Governor and DOT&PF have issued travel guidance intended to limit the spread of COVID19 while still allowing essential activities to occur.  The Department will continue to monitor emerging conditions and expert guidance to ensure Alaskans are served throughout this challenge.

Sincerely,

 

John MacKinnon

Commissioner

 
 

Letter to Hoonah Residents

 


The City Council and Administration have joined with the many voices in our community to act decisively to protect our community from the impacts of the Corona Virus COVID-19 Pandemic which is rapidly effecting the entire world. Everyone has, by now, seen how destructive this virus is to those who fall ill with its most significant effects.


In 1944 Hoonah was devastated by a fire which swept unchecked through the town in a very short time. In that instant, we were helpless to protect ourselves from the fire. The effects of that event are well remembered and impacted every family in the community.


Today we are faced with the potential for another devastating event to sweep through our community with effects that may be more far-reaching and long-lasting than the fire in 1944. The difference between these two events is that today we have the opportunity to act in advance of the challenge and take steps to ensure we come through with our community intact and stronger.


It is in the spirit of the preservation of our vibrant culture and community that we ask each and every citizen of Hoonah, from the most respected elders to the tiniest children to embrace and adhere to the guidelines spelled out in our resolutions and emergency orders, as well as the State of Alaska Mandates.


It has been many years since the residents of Hoonah have faced a challenge like the one before us today. The sacrifices we must make now of our time and our social interactions and the shared economic hardships that will be in our immediate future will require that we support one another in every way possible.


Please encourage our family, friends and neighbors to do everything possible to prevent the arrival and spread of the Corona Virus COVID-19 in Hoonah and help us to weather this storm together. The more stringently we all adhere to the separation and quarantine guidelines, the sooner we will emerge and return to what we consider our normal lives.

We ask that everyone follow the guidelines in the City of Hoonah Resolution 20-03-05 as well as the emergency orders we've posted, read the updates from the State of Alaska and the CDC.gov website and if you have questions and concerns, please take the time to seek the answers from the City, State or Federal Government sources.


Copies of the Resolution 20-03-05, emergency orders, and the State Mandate No. 10.1 are available on the City website, and will be posted prominently around town. Please share them liberally with everyone you are able.


Gunalcheesh,

Mayor Gerald Byers                Dennis H. Gray, Jr., City Administrator

City Council

Amelia Wilson

Miguel Contreras

Shawn McConnell

Stan Savland
Bill Miller, Jr

John Murray

Amended Resolution No. 20-03-05

 

AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOONAH FINDING THE EXISTENCE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK; AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 20-03-04 AND EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 03-26-20; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE RESOLUTION NOS. 20-03-02 AND 20-03-03 AND THE DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 03-20-20, ISSUED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY ADMINISTRATOR ON March 20, 2020; SEEKING STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE; AND ISSUING CERTAIN HEALTH ADVISORIES AND REQUESTS CONSISTENT WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW


WHEREAS: the City Council, the Mayor and the City Administrator issued Resolution Nos. 20-03-02 and 20-03-03 and the Declaration of a Local Emergency Order No. 03-20-20 related to the outbreak of COVID- 19 (herein together, the "Resolutions and Emergency Order") , consistent with all powers and duties conferred to them under the Hoonah City Code, Title 29 of Alaska Statutes, and other State and Federal Law; and


WHEREAS: the City of Hoonah concurs with all statements and finding contained in the Resolutions and Emergency Order, and seeks to fully incorporate them by reference into this Emergency Resolution as Appendix A; and

WHEREAS: under AS 29.25.030, "to meet a public emergency," the Hoonah City Council "may adopt an emergency [resolution] effective upon adoption," provided such ordinance or resolution contains a finding by the City Council that an emergency exists and may be adopted, amended and adopted, or rejected at the meeting at which it is introduced; and


WHEREAS: the Hoonah City Council seeks to exercise the maximum degree of local authority available to the City Council in order to contain and mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19 in the City of Hoonah and its surrounding communities; and


WHEREAS: the Hoonah City Council seeks to amend and restate City of Hoonah Resolution 20-03-04 and Emergency Order No. 03-26-20 with this Resolution; and


WHEREAS: the residents of Game Creek Farm, which is outside the City boundaries shall be treated and considered residents of the City of Hoonah for the purpose of this Resolution;


NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HOONAH, ALASKA:


Section 1. Finding of Local Disaster Emergency. The Hoonah City Council hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the Resolutions and Emergency Order. A copy of this Resolution and Appendix A shall be filed promptly with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Section 2. Request for State and Federal Funding Assistance. The City of Hoonah requests that the Governor of Alaska provide such State assistance as may be available to meet the ongoing emergency created by COVID-19 and to request additional assistance from Federal agencies where State capability is not adequate.


Section 3. Civil Immunity Asserted. In adopting and enforcing this Resolution, the City and its council members, agents, officers, and employees assert and maintain all immunities and indemnifications provided for under AS 09.65.070, under the Hoonah Municipal Code, and any other immunities or indemnifications available in law or equity.


Section 4. Travel and Business Advisories and Requests. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, and consistent with all current State and Federal health laws, advisories, mandates, and guidelines to protect the public health and welfare, the Hoonah City Council advises and requests that:

a) Consistent with State Health Mandate 10.1, all persons arriving into the City of Hoonah from any other part of Alaska and another state or country prior to the travel ban, whether worker, resident, or visitor, must self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine - order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home; and

b) HOONAH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS - ALL TRAVEL IN TO HOONAH IS BANNED

With the following exceptions:

i.    Emergency First Responders (includes fire, ambulatory services, and other similar emergency first responders.).
ii.    Law Enforcement acting within their official duties (this includes federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel); and
iii.    Office of Children's Services personnel responding to reports of child abuse and neglect and insuring child safety.

c)    Consistent with State Health Mandate 9.1., with the exception of urgent and emergent health care needs and facilities, all businesses, congregations, or gatherings in the City of Hoonah where individuals are within six feet of each other must cease all operations; and


d)    Consistent with, but restrictive than State Health Mandate 9.1, because of the City of Hoonah's unique situation, no gatherings of more than 4 people (except those persons that reside together in a dwelling) may take place, and if such a gathering does take place, people must be and remain six feet apart from each other; and


e)    The mandates in (a) through (e) of this section remain in effect until the State of Alaska lifts them; and


f)    The City is authorized to use the full force available to it under the law, including its police power, to "suppress unlawful assemblies" which come to the City's knowledge, and "generally keep the peace" (HCC 03.28.060) and to exercise the City's power to "promote the public, health, safety, and welfare of the present and future inhabitants of the city" (HCC 03.28.040 and 03.44.020), with respect to activities within the City boundaries;

g)    Travelers having returned to Hoonah prior to the ban from any other part of Alaska, regardless of whether they have previously quarantined elsewhere in the State, immediately and voluntarily self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine -order them by phone or on line, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home; and


h)    If travelers returning to Hoonah, prior to the ban, are not able self-quarantine in a dwelling because of the proximity of other persons in the dwelling, all persons in the dwelling must immediately and voluntarily self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine
-    order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home; and


i)    Any person that enters a room or dwelling where a person or people are in self-quarantine, must immediately and voluntarily self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, which means do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not go out to buy food, visit the post office, or collect medicine
-  order them by phone or on line, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
; and


j)    A resident of Hoonah, that is not required to self-quarantine under this Resolution, may depart and return from the City boundaries for recreational purposes and commercial fishing, so long as the resident is not required to self-quarantine as described in this Resolutions; and


k)    Consistent with applicable State guidelines and mandates, that all persons in the City of Hoonah stay home as much as possible, except to work in critical workforce infrastructure as defined by the State; to receive or provide health care; and to get fresh air without contacting others. On the limited occasions when individuals leave home, they should maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person outside their household wherever possible. Individuals are also recommended to practice hygiene, including regular handwashing.

Section 5. Shelter In Place

a)    Residents are encouraged to shelter in place, which means to stay at home as much as possible, to prepare for and mitigate the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the City of Hoonah; and


b)    Residents are ordered to not panic or hoard, as noted in Section 4, all critical supply chains into Hoonah and businesses will remain open for business; and


c)    Residents with children are encouraged to have their children, if in the company of someone from outside the household, to follow social distancing guidelines, described in Section 4, while playing outside and respect others; and


d)    Residents are encouraged to educate other residents of the City of Hoonah and request, without force, that others comply with the guidelines in this Resolution.

Section 6. Effective Date. Consistent with AS 29.35.030(c), this Resolution shall be effective immediately upon adoption by the Hoonah City Council and shall remain in effect for two weeks.

Section 7. Classification. This Resolution is not permanent in nature and shall not become a part of the Hoonah City code.

PASSED AND APPROVED BY A DULY CONSTITUTED QUORUM OF THE HOONAH CITY COUNCIL THIS 29th DAY OF March, 2020.

 

Emergency Order 04-02-20

In Response to COVID-19

Effective Date/Time: April 2, 2020

Issued by the City Administrator in conjunction with Mayor of Hoonah, Alaska by authorization granted by Emergency Resolution No. 20-03-02
The following Emergency Regulations are effective as of 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to protect public health during the COVID-19 emergency. The following Emergency regulations shall have the power of law and shall remain in effect until May 151, 2020, and shall supersede all conflicting laws, ordinances, or regulations during the term of this emergency.

  1. All playgrounds and Parks are now closed to the public, to include children of any age.

The path and open space at Keidladee Park is to be available for use by the public.

Users must adhere to the social distancing guidelines set by State Health mandates.

Dated this 2nd day of April, 2020.

 

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