Most Anchorage restaurants, like Gwennie’s, are already quieter than usual if open at all. Come Monday, they’ll all be just about empty following the release of Municipal Emergency Order 16, which puts Anchorage back into a hunker-down mode and blocks bars and restaurants from any dine- or drink-in service.
Bernadette Bradley, owner and operator of the longtime Anchorage restaurant and bar Bradley House, says she's been able to make things work thus far, but that she's concerned about the upcoming winter season.
As many Anchorage businesses fight to stay afloat, others have stopped serving customers altogether. Of the latter group, some have closed their doors so that they might hopefully reopen in the future.
Many owners of shops and restaurants in Anchorage are trying to kick-start business while still following local mandates. Several in downtown Anchorage have spilled out on to municipal streets, and in turn, triggered speculation of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s involvement in their expansions, something the mayor vehemently denies.
Commercial fishing businesses can now apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans that include crew in payroll costs, as the Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration has amended a rule that previously counted crew as independent contractors, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.
Licensed providers will receive assistance based on their licensed capacity for the months of April and May. Those who were open during that time should receive more money per child, according to the state's plan.