BY ALEXANDER DEEDY
On Monday, March 16, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that all food service providers including bars, breweries, and restaurants in Anchorage would be closed for dine-in at least through the end of March. Drive through, take out, and delivery service is still allowed. The order does not apply to grocery stores.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy made a similar announcement closing dine-in services statewide starting March 18.
Many business owners across Alaska are pivoting in an effort to still offer meals to the community and continue earning revenue so they can stay in business and keep some staff on the payroll. For anyone wondering where to eat, edibleAlaska is compiling an ongoing list of restaurants that are still offering take out. Restaurant owners can list their business by filling out this form, and consumers can access the list at ediblealaska.com/support907. The publication’s team will be updating the list daily.
Though grocery stores are unaffected by the food service orders, some grocers are changing hours and services to best meet community needs. Three Bears stores will be open only to those 60 and older from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Fred Meyer continues to offer it’s regular $5 pick up and $10 delivery for groceries ordered online. Select Safeway locations offer pick up.
School districts around the state are providing meals to students while public schools are closed.
The Anchorage School District has 20 locations around the city that are distributing breakfast and lunch to any child 18 or under. Mobile food service routes in Anchorage are continuing operation to accommodate students and families who can’t access distribution sites. Information on the services can be found at asdk12.org/COVID-19.
The Fairbanks school district is also providing two meals a day. Pickup location and other information available here.