COVID-19 Updates

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

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

 
 
 

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.

 
 

Out-of-State HOONAH MANDATORY 14-DAY QUARANTINE AGREEMENT
FOR DEPARTING AND RETURNING RESIDENTS


Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the high incidence of travel related infection, the City of Hoonah has instituted a mandatory 14-day quarantine for departing and returning residents of Hoonah. The potential for widespread transmission of COVID-19 by infected individuals entering Hoonah threatens the health and well-being of Hoonah residents, as well as the infrastructure and security of Hoonah. In an abundance of caution and to assist in flattening the curve regarding the spread of COVID-19, the City of Hoonah, under its authority to protect the public health, is implementing protocols to ensure residents arriving in Hoonah participate in 14 consecutive days of self-quarantine to begin immediately upon arrival.


Travelers 18 years of age and over must complete and sign their own form.

 

HOONAH ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND CRITICAL WORKFORCE INFRASTRUCTURE COVID-19 AGREEMENT

 

HOONAH SUBSISTENCE FISHING AND FISHING INDUSTRY COVID-19 AGREEMENT

 

Hoonah Essential Government Services Personnel COVID-19 Agreement

Emergency resolution no. 20-04-06

AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF HOONAH FINDING THE EXISTENCE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK; AMENDING EMERGENCY RESOLUTION NOS. 20- 03-05 AND 20-03-04 AND EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 03-26-20; INCORPORATING BY REFERENCE EMERGENCY 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.

 

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