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Infectious Disease

Gatherings, sports and community events

The state’s interim advisory guidance is posted on the Reopen Alaska Responsibly website. 

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COVID-19 Mitigation Advisors are available to help you make decisions about hosting your events, gatherings or sporting competitions. Advisors have access to the most current best-practices on developing a mitigation strategy. There is no charge for this service.

Upcoming ECHO webinars

Conversations occur the first and third Monday of the month at 2 pm:

  • Monday February 22nd, 2021 at 2 pm:
    Panel discussion: Hosting non-profit events virtually

    Please join us Monday, February 22nd, 2-3PM to hear from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Dr. Lisa Kalman for an update on the latest CDC guidance on in-person gatherings. As more Alaskans are vaccinated and the spread of the virus is slowed, in-person events and gatherings will start to happen again. During this ECHO webinar, the second in the Plan Safer Events Learning Series, we'll hear the latest information on in-person meeting guidelines from a federal perspective, with members of the state team available for discussion about the latest COVID-19 vaccine efforts. In addition, mitigation advisors from the Plan Safer Events team will discuss pre-event considerations and risk assessment resources available to anyone looking to hold an in-person gathering. Upon request, mitigation advisors are also available to Alaska organizations by providing free consultation and feedback on mitigation plans.

Recordings of past ECHO webinars

CDC and other guidance

The CDC offers this guidance:

What Alaskans need to know

In the July 28, 2020, press briefing, Governor Mike Dunleavy highlighted local mitigation guidance based on local alert levels:
Local mitigation strategies

  • You do not need to ask the state permission to host a gathering. The state is not approving/disapproving gatherings.

  • Every event should develop a plan to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. CDC has guidance to help you develop your plan.

  • Event planners should always consult with the local community where they hope to conduct an event; some communities may have restrictions or application requirements for events.

  • Event planners working on similar types of events (e.g., sports, parades, concerts) are strongly encouraged to work collaboratively to share ideas and develop plans. The state is helping facilitate these working sessions and you’ll be notified when they occur by joining the listserv.

  • Alaska’s lead doctors strongly recommend wearing masks while playing sports, exercising
    October 23, 2020

Connect with other event organizers 

There is a state Gatherings and Community Events listserv you can join to connect organizers of events including concerts (indoor and outdoor), recreational events (running competitions), other sports events including tournaments, sports games with spectators, fairs and festivals, parades, free concerts in the park, etc. The listserv will be used to distribute information, resources and announce opportunities for facilitated discussion between organizers of gathering and community events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who should attend?

Alaska organizers of concerts (indoor and outdoor), recreational events (running competitions), other sports events including tournaments, sports games with spectators, fairs and festivals, parades, free concerts in the park, conventions, etc.

How does it work?

At no cost to participants, Project ECHO creates a virtual learning network with real-time access to a team of experts. Each session features a brief lecture and an interactive discussion via Zoom videoconferencing:

For more information about the calls, please contact or

More resources

For more information

Please contact:
Email or call 907-865-5903.

Karol Fink, MS, RDN
State of Alaska, State Contact for Gatherings and Events during COVID-19

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