April 29, 2020
Safety Criteria for Businesses to Reopen or Expand Operations

General retail merchandise. Including clothing, shoes, sporting goods, music, books, art/crafts, home improvement, greenhouses/nurseries, auto parts/sales, gifts/jewelry, etc.
Last updated April 24, 2020

Personal Care Services
Provides cutting and styling of hair, manicures, pedicures, acrylic nail treatment, skin treatment, muscle and relaxation therapy. Work requires direct physical contact with the customer.
Last updated April 25, 2020

Food Services
Restaurants that provide table service, that includes Fast Food, Fast Casual, Diners , Coffee Shops, Food Courts, Casual Dinning, and Restaurant Bars.
Last updated April 25, 2020

Non-Critical, Non-Public Services
These are businesses that are Non-Critical and Non-Public Facing, such as marketing companies, law offices, consulting services, etc.
Last updated April 25, 2020

Non-Critical, Public Facing Services
Designed for businesses that are neither Retail nor Non-Critical, Non-Public Facing (professional services), e.g. service-focused businesses that also have a retail style storefront such as bait shacks, carpet/tile stores, print shops, etc.
Last updated April 24, 2020
Phase 1 of Reopening Alaska

Health Mandate 016 – Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan - Phase I-A

Health Mandate 016 goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.
Mat-Su Office of Governor Michael J. Dunleavy

Members: Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Stay safe!
Todd Smoldon, Director
Mat-Su Office of Governor Michael J. Dunleavy
515 Dahlia St. Suite 140
Palmer, AK 99645
The Mayor will hold regular community briefings to inform the public about the Municipality’s response to COVID-19. The briefings will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at noon, for the foreseeable future.

The briefings will be livestreamed on the  Mayor’s Facebook page . Residents may participate in the briefing by submitting questions in the comments of the Facebook Live.

For information about the Municipality’s response to COVID-19 visit  www.muni.org/covid-19 .

Do your part to stop COVID-19 from spreading, Anchorage. Hunker down. Flatten the curve. Save lives. We’re all in this together.
Business Dashboard

In response to the business closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of Anchorage has created a  business dashboard .  

This dashboard shows a map of businesses that are open, closed or under altered operating hours  based on a survey business owners can fill out.    There is a specific map of restaurants offering to-go or delivery service. 

To add your business to this dashboard, please fill out the survey that can be found  HERE If you have already added your business but need to update your information,  follow  these instructions .

We know you are working hard to keep your mission thriving as you adapt to all the changes and respond to the unknowns. More than a month into the coronavirus crisis in Alaska, we all have new questions and issues we are facing. To that end, we are offering a second free webinar series to guide you as you make your way forward. Join us every day next week from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Space is limited - please register at the links below. If you are unable to attend, we will be recording the sessions and posting them to our  COVID-19 resources page

So Many Questions: What is Inside the CARES Act?

The CARES act is 880 pages. Many of us have been tracking the PPP and EIDL loans, but what else is in the legislation? Join Laurie Wolf and Jon Bittner from the Alaska Small Business Development Center to hear what we know and what we are learning as the CARES Act evolves every day (including how to account for any loans you have received). We will also talk about any new legislation in the works.  Send us your questions  ahead of time, and we will do our best to cover them.

The Anchorage Chamber needs your help cleaning our community May 4-May 31! Although the original Citywide Cleanup dates were postponed due to COVID-19, the Chamber is encouraging families to get outside and clean while being safe and practicing social distancing.
Being Safe While Cleaning Up
  • Don’t use bare hands to pick up litter. Wear gloves and use trash pickers/grabbers when at all possible
  • Face masks are encouraged with social distancing and also the dust outside. Maintain safe physical distancing while picking up trash
  • Do not leave bags on the side of the road. They will NOT get picked up.

BP confirms commitment to completing sale of its Alaska business
Release date: 27 April 2020

MEMBER UPDATES: Chamber Staff are updating our Facebook Page regularly with Member Updates and Posts. Make sure to Follow our Page. If you want us to share your information to our Followers make sure to forward along your updates.
Disaster Loan Assistance

Walk for Hope Update

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Hope Community Resources is working hard to protect our community, while trying to meet the needs of the individuals and families who choose our supports.

In accordance with the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, we have made the decision to turn the 51st Annual Walk & Roll for Hope, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 2, into a virtual walk.

In the spirit of this Alaskan tradition, we hope that you will choose to continue your support and participate electronically this year at  https://secure.qgiv.com/event/51walkforhope/  or make a pledge at  https://secure.qgiv.com/event/51walkforhope/donate/ . If you’ve already registered, we hope this won’t stop your momentum and you’ll keep on fundraising.

And if you want to “seize the moment” today you can make a gift through our website at  https://www.hopealaska.org/products/DONATE-QUICK/donatetoday .
During this unprecedented time, GCU is helping to bring a sense of normalcy to our lives by taking advantage of this current time at home to invest in personal educational goals and potentially move up on the pay scale at the same time. As many parents have unexpectedly become teachers they are showing their children and students the value of education in the face of uncertainty, there is still no time like the present! GCU is currently offering a 25% scholarship on all master-level education programs and we also offer 10% off to all Chamber Members on all other programs. I am offering Zoom Meetings in lieu of face to face meetings at this time to help with everything from the application to the first day of class. Call, text, or email me today to start taking advantage of this rare opportunity during this unexpected time at home. 907-201-1965  hannah.meneses@gcu.edu
Discounts, Hot Deals & Advertisements
The Chugach~Eagle River Star w ould like to extend the following offers to any Eagle River business that offers delivery, pick-up, e-commerce or webinar services to help reconnect with your client base. Offers expire 4/30/20 .

Delivery Directory:  We will temporarily be changing the Business Directory to the Delivery/Pick-up Directory. This will connect consumers in the Eagle River area with companies that are still in operation. We will be offering Free Full Color for any 4" x 2" ad in the "Delivery Directory". $40 ($115 Value) 

50% off a 1/4 Full Color:  If you would like to stand out from the crowd and command more of a presence we will also be offering a full-color 1/4page ad to businesses that will be providing delivery, pick-up, online orders or webinar services. $127.50 ( $255 value)

Webinars, Facebook Live and teleconference events  are really big right now, so if you have an event or service that you thought about canceling, I would first explore those options if possible. 

In order to speed up the process for these special orders, I have attached an IO for both the 50% off and the Delivery Directory special. If you would like either offer, just complete the IO including desired run dates and sign for  space approval

We will have until the Monday prior to rin date to make sure we have made all the necessary changes to your ads I will be working remotely during this time so if you have any questions please call me cell phone at 907 764-4715. Feel free to text as well.
Disclaimer: One of the many benefits to Chamber Membership is Members may add announcements in the Chamber Newsletters. The views and opinions expressed in the Newsletters by our Chamber Members do not necessarily represent the position of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.