Latest response and current recommendations
4/8/2020: All Anchorage and Eagle River/Chugiak Parks & Recreation summer camps have been canceled for summer 2020. Please review the full announcement here from Parks & Recreation Director Josh Durand.
4/4/2020 - Parks and Recreation playgrounds are closed until further notice to prevent the spread of covid-19. This applies to playgrounds in Girdwood, Eagle River, and the Anchorage bowl. Parks and trails remain open, and users must remain six feet apart, only recreate with those in their household, and stay home if sick.
4/2/2020 - All Vendor Permits in parks for summer 2020 are cancelled and no new permits will be issued until further notice. Vendor Permits that are cancelled by Parks & Recreation due to the COVID-19 Pandemic will receive a full refund.
3/27/2020 – Mayor Berkowitz has issued Emergency Order-05, extending the Hunker Down Emergency Order (EO-03) through 10pm on April 14, 2020. Parks and Recreation public facilities remain closed, and the Anchorage Health Department advises park and trail users to take the following precautions while recreating:
- We must stay at least six feet away from others; be courteous and step to the side of the trail if space is tight
- We must keep interactions with passersby or friends brief and at least six feet apart
- We must avoid areas already in use by others if we can't maintain at least six feet of separation
- We must wash our hands especially after touching shared surfaces such as dog park gates, playground equipment, public restrooms and benches
- We must only recreate by yourself or with members of your household
- We must stay home if we're sick
- For children, picking physical activities other than the playground is the best option. Playgrounds are a place where children will want to interact and it will be difficult to have them remain six feet from each other. View the State of Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services guidance on this topic: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/PlayEveryDay/blog/default.aspx
For the latest updates from the Municipality, please visit www.muni.org/covid-19
- 3/18/2020: Parks and Recreation has closed the bathroom access at Kincaid Outdoor Center and Lidia Selkregg Chalet. Portable Restrooms are at those sites.
- 3/13/2020: We'd like to remind everyone that with 224 parks and 250 mile of trails that green spaces can still be a welcoming environment to find restoration and connection in times of uncertainty. While maintaining good healthy practices, the trails and parks are open.
- 3/13/2020: Parks and Recreation public facilities are closed until March 31, 2020 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please visit www.muni.org/covid-19 for the latest information, and view the list of impacted facilities here.
Remember to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including:
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease should avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. For more guidance, see the CDC's People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 webpage.
Symptoms include fever (>100.4°F), cough and shortness of breath and may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days of travel from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has traveled and is ill, you should:
Stay home when sick
Avoid contact with others
Call and tell your medical provider about recent travel and describe symptoms
Follow recommendations of your medical provider
If you do not have a regular medical provider, Alaska 2-1-1 can provide more information and referrals to additional resources.
Dial 2-1-1 or 800-478-2221 in areas without 211 access.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. For more information, see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's What You Need To Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 fact sheet.