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RavnAir announced on April 2, 2020 that it's suspending 90 percent of its operations due to a 90 percent decline in passenger revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Joe Prince

RavnAir has suspended all flights between villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and to many rural communities across the state.

Courtesy of Association of Village Council Presidents

Tribes now have access to more federal funds thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27.

Bethel City Council has postponed voting on the Uniform Remote Sellers Sales Tax Code, which would enable the city to collect taxes on purchases made by Bethel residents online. Council will revisit the issue on April 14.
City of Bethel

On April 1, Bethel partially activated its Emergency Operations Center to “prevent and minimize illness and death caused by the coronavirus.” Currently located in City Hall, the EOC is documenting the crisis response, developing an inventory of hotel capacity for possible use as shelters, and educating city staff on their roles in the incident command system.

The Alaska Airlines terminal in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

In the past week, Alaska Airlines has slashed a majority of its flights between Bethel and Anchorage to prevent flying mostly empty planes as more people hunker down at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Swanson's employees stock shelves in Bethel on March 23, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Grocery stores in Bethel are expecting another large run on goods this week, and have substantially increased the size of their shipments into Bethel to prepare. 

Napakiak city council member Walter Nelson at a meeting addressing erosion issues on August 9, 2019. Larson says that the COVID-19 outbreak may slow down progress the village has made in mitigating erosion impacts.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur talks with Napakiak city council member Walter Nelson about village travel mandates, social distancing, and what the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for erosion mitigation projects moving forward.

Courtesy of BCSF

The coronavirus is squeezing the local economy as businesses shutter and people lose their jobs, and Bethel Community Services Foundation wants to provide some relief. The organization has set up a fund to help nonprofits and community service providers who are helping people facing eviction, homelessness, food insecurity, and struggling to pay utility bills. It’s called the COVID-19 Response Fund.

A Kusko Cab waits for customers outside of the AC Store in Bethel, Alaska on April 1, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The City of Bethel has made big changes in how taxis operate to protect both cab drivers and passengers from the spread of COVID-19. In new guidelines established April 1, passengers are now banned from sitting in the front seat next to the driver. And with support from Kusko Cab and Alaska Cab, the city is temporarily eliminating the shared ride system.

Acting City Manager Bill Howell says that Bethel could request emergency drivers with commercial driver's licenses from the state in an extreme scenario.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are giving their residents a break on their water and sewer bills. The goal is to offer financial relief, as well as provide more water for residents to wash their hands and their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Alex Kim, owner of Chopstix Sushi Restaurant, says he may have to return to Korea if business doesn't pick-up. Bethel restaurants are in peril following mandates that restrict business to delivery and pick-up orders amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. March 31,
Katie Basile / KYUK

Restaurants all over the nation are being ordered to close their doors to avoid spreading the coronavirus, and it's no different in Bethel.

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