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Local businesses respond to social distancing mandate

    Tuesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a statewide health mandate due to the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases, both in Alaska and nationally.

    In an attempt to stem the transmission of new cases, the governor has mandated that all bars, breweries, restaurants, food and beverage kiosks or trucks, and other establishments serving food or beverages be closed to public dine-in service.

    The measure mirrors those being taken nationwide, in states like California, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Additionally, all entertainment facilities in Alaska will be closed to the public, including theaters, gyms and fitness centers, bowling alleys and bingo halls. Dunleavy’s mandate is effective 5 p.m. this evening (March 18).

    On a more local level, both Safeway and Save-U-More are offering reserved shopping hours for senior citizens with Safeway extending that privilege to pregnant women and individuals with compromised immune systems. Save-U-More will be open exclusively to seniors 60 and older on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. Safeway will be open to at-risk groups from 6 to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

    As of Monday, Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic will be limiting services and actively screening staff, clients, participants, and any other visitors to the buildings. Anyone experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath (or any other Covid-19 symptoms) will be referred to primary care before coming to KBFPC. Some routine visits may be delayed in order to prioritize time-sensitive care. The REC Room will not be open to the public. Individual teens in need of food, hygiene supplies, or support from a trusted adult are encouraged to ring the doorbell (ideally between 3-6 p.m.) and will be welcome pending the same Covid-19 symptom screening.

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