Alaska restaurants and bars to halt dine-in service

Alaska food and drink establishments must halt public dine-in service, by order of a mandate announced Tuesday, March 17 by the governor’s office.

The ban on dine-in service will take effect 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and extend until 5 p.m. April 1. It will apply to restaurants, bars, breweries, food trucks and other similar establishments. Delivery service, drive-through service and walk-up service are permitted under the mandate.

The ban does not apply to stores and other places offering food for consumption elsewhere. It also does not apply to soup kitchens, to employee cafeterias without self-service buffets, or to restaurants inside the secured zones of airports.

This measure is being taken to encourage social distancing in order to impede the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to the announcement.