Alaska announced a series of new measures today to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including an order for people to maintain a six-foot “social distance” in public.
Businesses that can’t abide by that guideline are required to close by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
"The purpose of this mandate is to limit all close contacts,” said Adam Crum of the Department of Health and Social Services in a news conference.
Nonessential public gatherings of more than 10 people are also banned until further notice.
The state is also requiring all travelers entering Alaska from another state or country to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The rule goes into effect Wednesday, and violators could be prosecuted, according to Crum.