Businesses & Workplaces

While Alaskans’ efforts to keep the spread low have made a difference, COVID-19 is still a serious health concern in Alaska. There’s a lot you can do as a business owner to help keep your workforce and clients safe.

Review available guidance when planning your approach

  • Consult local authorities to see what additional mandates or guidance will apply to your business.
  • Check with industry associations and industry leads to determine if there might be additional guidance for your industry.

Returning to work after a positive COVID-19 test

The department is relying on businesses to help get Alaskans back to work at the appropriate times:

  • There is currently no capacity for Public Health staff or contact tracers to send individualized and signed Release from Quarantine or Release from Isolation letters to employers. With the high number of case counts and contacts, our contact tracers are focusing on efforts to contact as many positive cases as possible.
  • Employers should work with their human resources staff to ensure that return to work policies and procedures are consistent with CDC guidance.
  • It's best for all of Alaska that employees return to work and not be unnecessarily restricted after they have recovered from COVID or completed 14 days of quarantine from their last exposure. Remember that a test-based strategy cannot be used to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except in rare circumstances under guidance from public health.
  • If you need further guidance, contact your health care provider.

Resources to download, print and share

A spectrum of printable signs and other materials are available for you to communicate the measures your business is taking. 

Tips for implementing these materials (PDF)

Signage to encourage physical distancing:

Floor decal or display stand graphic to encourage physical distancing in line:

Commitment to customers signage for employee and customer spaces:

Signage to ask sick customers and employees to stay home:

Sick worker expectations signage for employee spaces such as break room and restrooms:

Hand hygiene instructions for restrooms and employee spaces such as break rooms:

Door badges for Covid Conscious businesses that promote mask wearing and distancing:

Embeddable badges for Covid Conscious businesses that promote mask wearing and distancing:



Multilingual COVID Conscious Toolkits

  • Hmong toolkit containing:
    • Sawv no (Stand here)
    • Lus cog rau peb cov qhua yuav khoom (Commitment to customers)
    • Ua tus phab ej tes huv (Hand hygiene hero)
    • Thov muab daim ntaub npog ntsej muag (Please wear a mask)
    • Cov neeg muaj mob yuav tsum tsis txhob tuaj ua haujlwm (Sick workers)
  • Japanese toolkit containing:
    • ????? (Stand here)
    • ???????????? (Commitment to customers)
    • ??????????? (Hand hygiene hero)
    • ???????????? (Please wear a mask)
    • ?????????????????? (Sick workers)
  • Mandarin toolkit containing:
    • ???? (Stand here)
    • ????????? (Commitment to customers)
    • ????????? (Hand hygiene hero)
    • ???? (Please wear a mask)
    • ??????????? (Sick workers)
  • Russian toolkit containing:
    • ???? ????? (Stand here)
    • ??????????? ????? ????????  (Commitment to customers)
    • ???? ???????? ??????? ???! (Hand hygiene hero)
    • ??????????, ?????? ?????  (Please wear a mask)
    • ??????? ????????? ?? ?????? ????????? ?? ?????? (Sick workers)
  • Samoan toolkit containing:
    • Tutu iinei (Stand here)
    • le matou ta’utinoga ia matou tagata fa’atau  (Commitment to customers)
    • Fai oe ma se toa o lima mama  (Hand hygiene hero)
    • Fa’amolemole e fai sau/se ufi mata  (Please wear a mask)
    • E le tatau ona o mai i galuega ia tagata faigaluega e mama’i  (Sick workers)
  • Spanish toolkit containing:
    • Parate aquí (Stand here)
    • Compromiso con nuestros clients  (Commitment to customers)
    • Sea un héroe de la higiene de manos  (Hand hygiene hero)
    • Por favor use cubrebocas  (Please wear a mask)
    • Los trabajadores enfermos no deberán venir a trabajar  (Sick workers)
  • Tagalog toolkit containing:
    • Dito tumayo (Stand here)
    • Pangako sa aming mga kostumer  (Commitment to customers)
    • Maging huwaran ng malinis na kamay  (Hand hygiene hero)
    • Ipinakikiusap na magsuot ng mask. (Please wear a mask)
    • Ang mga manggagawan maysakit ay hindi dapat pumasok sa trabaho. (Sick workers)
  • Vietnamese toolkit containing:
    • Hãy d?ng t?i dây (Stand here)
    • Hãy g?n k?t v?i khách hàng c?a chúng tôi  (Commitment to customers)
    • Hãy là m?t anh hùng v? sinh tay  (Hand hygiene hero)
    • Vui lòng deo kh?u trang  (Please wear a mask)
    • Nhân viên b? ?m không nên di làm  (Sick workers)


Thanks to Foundation Health Partners for permitting the adaption of its business toolkit for statewide use. Thank you to other collaborators in the development and/or distribution of Covid Conscious messages, including: the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; Anchorage Economic Development Corporation; Municipality of Anchorage; and Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services.