We are carefully monitoring the situation and are working diligently to adapt to new circumstances due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, there is no telling when things will be “back to normal” in any sense, but rest assured we will be fishing! Moving forward, we would like our clients to be aware that we have implemented a few new operating procedures and safety protocols for the 2020 season. Please be advised that we have taken certain steps to implement recommended guidance and protocols issued by several different public health agencies to assist in the mitigation of slowing the transmission of COVID-19; therefore, your experience this year may be a little different than previous years. However, we will continue to do our best to make your experience fun, memorable, and enjoyable as possible.
Our staff and clients will be encouraged to be mindful of their personal hygiene routines and may be asked to practice social distancing, wear cloth face coverings inside the lodge and inside the vessel cabins, wash their hands more frequently, etc. While being actively conscientious of our rapidly changing environment, we understand and acknowledge that we must conduct business in a safe manner, while also trying to provide our clients with the best experience possible. If you have specific questions regarding your upcoming fishing trip, please reach out to us. We are more than happy to answer your questions, respond to your concerns, and help eliminate any worries or doubts you may have surrounding your trip to Alaska. Please be mindful that the response time may be a little longer than what you’re used to; however, we will continue to do our best in maintaining an open, honest, and transparent line of communication. Our clients have, and always will be the heart of our business. We are incredibly grateful for all our clients and would like to thank you for your ongoing support, patience, and understanding during this extraordinarily challenging time.
Travelers should take appropriate protective measures while traveling, such as wearing cloth face coverings, practicing social distancing, and washing their hands frequently. Detailed guidance and advisories on how to minimize the risk of spread, as well as the comprehensive and detailed mandates, alerts, and updates issued by the State of Alaska may be found online at https://covid19.alaska.gov/. In addition to this, it is highly recommended that clients keep a close eye on their airline reservations and travel arrangements, as most airline companies have experienced a shift in operations due to the effects of COVID-19 and are continuously updating their flight accommodations and/or travel requirements.
Please be mindful that the ability for Alaska to open for tourism, as well as allow Alaskans to leave the state more easily, is afforded by the state’s relatively low case count. The situation is changing daily, information and guidelines/requirements presented by our governing bodies/agencies and public health officials should not be considered all-inclusive; rather, it should be seen as a snapshot of what is currently known and what is actively being done at that exact moment in time. There are many variables and factors involved in the State of Alaska’s decision to move forward and open its economy, all of which are fluctuating and constantly changing at an immeasurable rate. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that the expectations set forth by the state are very fluid and that these guidelines and requirements are always subject to change. We would like to encourage our clients to refer to other sources of information for further guidance, whenever necessary and/or appropriate. For reference, supplemental informational resources and websites have been provided below:
Alaska Traveler Information: https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/
Alaska COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: https://covid19.alaska.gov/faq/
Alaska Health Mandates: https://covid19.alaska.gov/health-mandates/
Alaska COVID-19 Information: https://covid19.alaska.gov/
Alaska DHSS COVID-19 Information: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/default.aspx
Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub: https://coronavirus-response-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/
City & Borough of Sitka COVID-19 Information Center: https://www.cityofsitka.com/
CDC Traveler Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
WHO Travel & Health Information: https://www.who.int/health-topics/travel-and-health/#tab=tab_1
National Institutes of Health: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
Alaska Airlines COVID-19 Information: https://www.alaskaair.com/content/advisories/travel-advisories
Delta Airlines Coronavirus Update Center: https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-update-center/overview