AMHS INCREASES COVID-19 MITIGATION PROTOCOLS

(KETCHIKAN, Alaska) – In order to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees, the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has implemented enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocols at all AMHS facilities and aboard all vessels.

These protocols include:

  • Reminders to passengers and AMHS employees to practice good hygiene and follow social distancing guidelines. The wearing of a face covering is strongly recommended; please see the CDC’s guidance for face coverings.
  • Passenger capacity on each vessel has been reduced to 1/3 to promulgate social distancing. Because of the limited seating capacity vessels may fill up and non-ticketed passengers could be turned away. Customers are encouraged to book travel in advance at http://ferryalaska.comor by calling the reservations center at (800) 642-0066.
  • Passengers will complete a health screening form before boarding. People who are sick or have recently had contact with an infected person will not be permitted to travel. 
  • The CDC’s COVID-19 prevention guidance to be posted on the AMHS website, at terminals, and aboard vessels.
  • Modifications to food service spaces to ensure social distancing. 
  • Intensified cleaning of all areas, including routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. 

The M/V Tustumena has resumed service, which will be followed M/V Kennicott and M/V LeConte later in the month.

A COVID-19 information page, including a copy of the passenger screening form, will be added to the AMHS website. Before planning a trip, AMHS customers are encouraged to review this information and the CDC’s “Considerations for Travelers” webpage.