unalaska city council

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The City of Unalaska has decided to expand its local 14-day quarantine requirement to allow individuals to recreate. The new order went into effect Wednesday.

Under the city's previous health order, anyone traveling by vessel or airplane into Unalaska was mandated to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and monitor for symptoms of illness without leaving their quarantine location. The mandate did not allow for people to hike, go to the beach, or fish.

Hope McKenney/KUCB

 

Businesses and nonprofits in Unalaska can now apply for aid from the city's share of CARES Act funding.

The City of Unalaska is slated to receive over $13 million in funds from the federal CARES Act, which is aimed at assisting local communities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The Unalaska City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday that requires Unalaskans to follow all COVID-19 health mandates issues by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS).  

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska's nonprofits have always relied on a mixture of tourism, city funding, and local donors to keep their coffers full. But the coronavirus pandemic has threatened all three revenue streams.

Now, local nonprofits who were planning spring fundraisers or banking on cruise ship traffic are concerned about their financial futures. And though the City of Unalaska awarded the vast majority of their grant requests for fiscal year 2021, officials warn that next year will likely bring large funding cuts.