COVID-19: Closures - Cancellations - Postponements - Extensions

COVID-19 Closures, Cancellations, Postponements and Extensions in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska

COVID-19 Closures, Cancellations, Postponements and Extensions in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska

Reopen Alaska Responsibly: Alaska's Plan Moving Forward: Phases 3 and 4 - Starting Friday, May 22, 2020

Phase 3 & 4 : Effective Friday May 22, 2020 - Alaska is Open for Business:

  • All businesses can open
  • All houses of worship can open
  • Libraries and museums can open
  • All recreational activities can open
  • All sports activities can open

It’s the responsibility of individuals, businesses, and organizations to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We encourage all to follow local, state, national, and industry guidelines on ways to conduct business and activities safely.


  • 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel to Alaska remains in place. This will be reevaluated by June 2, 2020, but will be reviewed weekly.
  • All senior centers, prisons, and institutions will continue to have restricted access.
  • Any proposed large public gatherings such as festivals and concerts need to consult first with public health before scheduling.
  • The State will continue to work with large industries to protect their workforce and the communities in which they operate.
  • Communities may still elect to keep in place travel restrictions. Some Alaskan communities may wish to extend restrictions on non-essential travel into their communities for health reasons. Check with your local community.
  • Health Mandates 15 (Elective Medical/Dental), 17 (Commercial Fishing), and 18 (Intrastate Travel) remain in effect.

It’s because of you, Alaska, that our statewide numbers remain low. We will keep our numbers low because of your actions. Remember to:

  • Stay six feet or more away from non-family members
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wipe down surfaces frequently
  • Wear a face covering when in a public setting in close contact with others
  • Stay home if you are sick and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms
  • Be mindful and respectful to those Alaskans that are most vulnerable to this virus. Those being our seniors and those with existing health issues

Business & Entity Guides : Best practice Information for businesses to reopen Alaska responsibly. Included are additional resources from the State of Alaska with more detailed guidance.

Information provided by the State of Alaska. For more information on Health Mandates and the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan visit:


Fairbanks North Star Borough Closures

FNSB Transportation Announces Restart of Scheduled VAN TRAN Service - Updated March 25, 2020 The Fairbanks North Star Borough Transportation Department will resume scheduled Van Tran Service, beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020. Borough Transit will provide a modified demand response service to the Fairbanks community. This service will be for medical and grocery trips only and will be available to all members of the public within Van Tran’s normal boundary service area. This service will be provided on a “first come, first serve” basis with preference given to currently eligible Van Tran patrons. The operation hours for this modified demand response service will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Please call a minimum of one day in advance to schedule your ride. If you have questions or would like to schedule a ride, confirm location pick up or check on same day ride availability, please call Van Tran Customer Service at 907- 459 -1010. Pick up locations must be within normal Van Tran boundaries which are within ¾ mile of a regular MACS Transit stop. Contact: Lanien Livingston,Borough PIO at 907-459-1304 or email:

Fairbanks North Star Borough Operational Closures: Updated 3-18-20 Subject to change - Courtesy FNSB

Big Dipper – Pools – Recycling Center – Adaptive Recreation Programs – Senior Programs – Noel Wien & North Pole Branch Libraries – Commission & non-essential public meetings – Borough fire stations (no public access) – Pioneer Park meeting spaces & buildings – Rural Services – Land Management – Transit Center, Buses & Van Tran (temporary)

Public and private schools are closed to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods. All after school activities will be suspended during this time. For more information,


Cancellations, Postponements & Extensions:

Alaska 2020 Tourism: Updated April 15, 2020

Holland America Cruise Line has cancelled all Alaska cruises for this summer on the Maasdam, Noordam,Oosterdam, Volendam and Westerdam ships. All Princess Alaska Gulf voyages and cruise tours are cancelled for 2020 with the exception of the Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess round-trip Seattle to Alaska sailings.

Holland America Princess resorts will not open it's 5 wilderness lodges in Alaska, to include the 2 Princess Resorts in Denali and the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, for the 2020 summer season and has cancelled all rail and bus tours. Additionally, Denali National Park and road into the park will be closed.

Both Holland America and Princess Cruises are offering 2 main cancellation options.For more information about cancellations and refunds contact your cruise line or visit

Alaska Permanent Fund Filing Deadline extended to April 30, 2020

IRS HAS EXTENDED Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020

Real ID deadline to be extended to October 1, 2021

Solstice Street Fair in Fairbanks is cancelled for 2020

38th Annual Midnight Sun 10K Run is happening as a virtual event. Participants will have a set period of time – Friday, June 19th through Monday, June 22nd– to complete 10K (6.2 miles). They will upload their results to a link sent to them by the race platform. KEEP UP WITH RACE DETAILS ON FACEBOOK! Be sure to “like” the Midnight Sun Run page: This is official Facebook site. FYI - ( there is another facebook site midnightsunrun2020 that is unofficial and has inaccurate information)

Alaska State Fair in Palmer is cancelled for 2020

Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks is cancelled for 2020

Flyaway Fridays at Gallo’s Restaurant is postponed. Stay tuned to 102.5 KIAK-FM for the return of Flyaway Fridays at Gallo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Fairbanks Light Opera 50 Year Gala- Postponed to later date

Bowl for Kids Sake is postponed indefinitely

IAB Home Show at the Carlson Center postponed indefinitely

Senior Recognition Day scheduled for May 7 is postponed to later date - to be determined. (FNSB Parks & Recreation)

Family Friendly Workplace Awards is cancelled. Unfortunately, this event will not be rescheduled for a later date in 2020 but will be scheduled for 2021. (FNSB Parks & Recreation) Questions about the FFWA event, please call Eric Holland, Administrator, FNSB Health and Social Services Commission and Early Childhood Development Commission at 459-1287.

Mush For Kids cancelled

2020 Arctic Winter Games March 15 – 17 cancelled

47th Annual Festival of Native Arts March 19 – 21 cancelled

Ice Dog Hockey – games cancelled for the rest of the season

Regal Cinemas – announced closure of all theater locations starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020

For-Get-Me-Not Books closed indefinitely

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