Alaskan Stoves Campground has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of our guests and other tourists that visit us. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization determined the COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a pandemic. Soon thereafter, Canada closed its borders to all non-essential travel. In response to the epidemic, The Governor of Alaska, Mike Dunleavy, issued a mandatory QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS AFTER ARRIVAL for all people entering the State of Alaska from March 25 through April 21st, at which time it will be revisisted. Tourists will be required to quarantine in their booked hotel room or accommodations.
At Alaskan Stoves Campground and our hostel, we are taking strict precautions to make traveling as safe as possible. Please read the side panel to see what we are doing and expect of our guests.
If you must travel for essential services, you can visit the Alaska Health Department website for more information and to download an applicator to enter the state. We are hoping things will look brighter at the end of April and we will keep everyone appraised on this website about travel to Tok.
We will be closed through May and possibly June. Please check back for more information. We'll keep this updated.
Personal Prevention Measures
Hygiene: Wash hands often and use Purel or disinfectant wipes at other times. This virus may live on hard surfaces up to 9 days. Keeping hands clean and off your face is paramount. Also use wipes to flush toilets, clean doorknobs, turn on and off faucets in public restrooms. Wipes are your best friend on a trip and in public places. Buy in bulk.
Restrooms: If you are traveling in an RV and have your own restroom, use it exclusively. Do not use the rest rooms in the campgrounds or other public places if you can possibly avoid it. Our restrooms are exceptionally clean and are disinfected every day, but we can't disinfect after every guest so it is up to you.
Coughing etiquette: Cough and sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue. Dispose of tissue in a trash can that you don't have to touch (open or with foot pedal) If you have to touch the can, wash your hands immediately and wipe the trash lid if possible.
Masks: The mask issue is tricky. Unless it is an N-95, they say it won't protect you and if you don't use goggles, experts say no mask can protect you much. Professionals also want what masks there are for medical professionals. However, there are two cases in which you should always use a mask:
1) if you are feeling ill, especially when coughing and sneezing. THIS IS TO PROTECT OTHERS
Social Distancing: We encourage you to socialize because it is loads of fun to meet people from everywhere. However, we urge you to follow some proper etiquette during flu season and possible epidemics. Don't stand too close--at least 3 to 6 feet from others. If you use board games or play cards, use disposable gloves or wash hands frequently during and after the game. Don't offer to shake hands--use the closed fist bump or tap elbows.
Food: Don't share food from same dishes as other guests (use disposable plates, cups, and utensils whenever possible). If you share a meal, use extra caution to wash hands between tasks and/or use gloves for preparing and serving. Pour snacks (chips, nuts, Cheetos) onto plates, cups, or hands. Don't let anyone take food from bags. If you offer a drink to someone, use a disposable container--and wipe it down before handing it over. Use 1/8 cup bleach in wash water for cleaning up.
Events Planning: Although concerts, movies, fairs, and other public events are amazing in Alaska, this is not the time to include them in your itinerary. Don't attend any indoor areas that are likely to be packed--plan indoor visits at off hours for museums and visitor's centers. Outdoor concerts and fairs are safer than indoor events as long as you maintain social distancing and use masks if the area has known active cases of corona-virus. Use caution in restaurants and stores. You might consider ordering takeout from your chosen restaurant and then take it to an outdoor setting (park or beach) for a serene or romantic meal. Each event will have to be weighed with known outbreaks, number of peole and other safety considerations. Use common sense.
Tracking Outbreaks: Use the links on the right to track the current outbreaks and hot spots. John Hopkins has a great dashboard for this. They are tracking the COVID-19 spread in real-
time on an interactive dashboard or a mobile version for your phone. Be sure to check Canada before crossing the boarder coming and going. Avoid hotspots and crowed areas whenever you go--this is the year for introspection and enjoying nature.
Fuel: Remember that in rural areas, gas stations are few and far between. In additions, if there is illness, businesses along the Alaskan Highway and other rural highways may be closed. always fill your tank with you get half full--don't assume you'll make it to the next station. If possible, carry reserve fuel.
2) if you don't want others to get close, hug, and shake hands--then you don't have to explain much and people just generally keep their distance.
Some of the measures proposed here may seem drastic or even draconian. We want you to take care of yourself and have consideration for other travelers--even if they seem to be overreacting. Maybe they are; yet when you consider that the virus is more dangerous to the obese, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems, their overreaction might save their life. This is the time to get creative and change some vacation habits. Creativity and looking for alternatives to crowded areas will open a whole new world of travel--the road less traveled? Yes, this is the year for that.