Monti Bay Lodge was designed for good times with friends and family. And as you know, Yakutat is a very small community, and we are a small, family business. The health, safety, and wellbeing of our friends, family, guests and local community is of utmost concern.
In February the state of Alaska announced that a negative Covid-19 test is no longer required for entry.
The state is continuing to encourage travelers to be tested voluntarily, and the borough of Yakutat does not currently have travel restrictions in place.
We are encouraged by this shift and the distribution of the vaccine, and continue to evaluate our deposit policy, which helps us to fund the operating costs to open for the season. We currently require a 25% non-refundable deposit to hold your reservation. As we get closer to opening for the season in April, we will continue to assess the travel restrictions and determine the 2021 schedule for final payments.
We appreciate your help and support.
In February the state of Alaska announced that a negative Covid-19 test is no longer required for entry. The state is continuing to encourage travelers to be tested voluntarily.
While traveling in Alaska you are advised to:
- Get tested and self-isolate if you get sick or develop COVID-19 symptoms
- Wash your hands frequently and wipe down high touch surfaces
- Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others
- Wear a face covering while indoors and whenever social distancing is challenging
- Check other local, borough, or state restrictions.
As of November 16, 2020, local communities have the authority to enact travel restrictions. The borough of Yakutat does not currently have travel restrictions in place.
We would like to reinforce that Yakutat has a Community Health Center, but does not have a hospital. The Yakutat Community Health Center is a small outpatient clinic typically open weekdays Monday through Friday from 9AM - 5PM. They are operating under “urgent care” policy: on call for emergencies, with all other outpatient appointments cancelled.
Patients requiring hospitalization must travel to Anchorage or Juneau for care. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 cannot travel on Alaska Airlines, so must be transported by air ambulance.
The Health Center recommends visitors obtain air ambulance insurance prior to arrival in Yakutat. A single flight from Yakutat to Anchorage without insurance can cost as much as $75,000.
LifeMed Alaska provides supplemental insurance coverage for emergency medical transportation - provided that your primary insurance includes emergency air transport. Memberships are available online at the rate of $49 per household.
Sport fishing is allowed within the current State of Alaska Health Mandates. During sport and personal use fishing, anglers should practice social distancing and wear a face covering. Charters must follow all guidelines, including social distancing, capacity requirements and cleaning and disinfecting.
For more details visit the Department of Fish and Game.
Monti Bay Lodge Safety Protocols
In addition to following the government policies, we’ve implemented safety precautions to protect guests, staff, and the 600+ residents of Yakutat:
- Van Rental Waivers will be sent electronically ahead of arrival
- Keys for vehicles, suites and cabins are sanitized for your protection
- Guestroom cleaning focuses on disinfecting high touchpoints, and we provide hand soap, spray bleach, and paper towels for self-cleaning during your stay
- Laundry facilities are available to guests 24/7
- Common areas such as the laundry, fish processing room, and freezers are wiped down daily at lunchtime by staff
- We are limiting use of the fish processing room and laundry to one group at a time
Food Services in Yakutat
Local businesses have quickly adapted to help maintain social distancing requirements, including phone and online orders, and local deliveries. If you are interested in having Monti Bay Lodge prepare meals for you, please contact us and we can provide pricing and availability.
Here are a few examples of local options:
Mallott’s General Store (Groceries, Household and Other Supplies): Store is Open to the public and accepting phone and email orders for delivery. 7 days a week, 7am-8pm
907-784-3355 | email@example.com
Alaska Commercial Co. (Groceries, Household and Other Supplies): Store is Open to the public and accepting phone and online orders for curbside pickup. 7 days a week, 7am-9pm.
907-784-3386 | https://www.shopalaskacommercial.com/shop (select Yakutat as store)
Yakutat Hardware (Hardware, Household, Construction, Fishing Supplies):
PHONE ORDERS – PICK-UP ONLY. 10am-5:30pm M-F, 10am-3pm Saturdays
YCC/Glass Door Bar & Liquor Store: Bar closed to the public. Liquor Store open 10am-10pm daily, Mon-Sun, max 2 people allowed in the store at a time. Credit card preferred but cash payment allowed if necessary
Thank You to Our Monti Bay Lodge Community
We are optimistic that with our guest’s partnership in following social distancing and safety restrictions, Yakutat will enjoy a great fishing season in 2021.
Although commercial fishing is an important industry for Yakutat, the entire community’s financial health is dependent upon travel, tourism, and sport fishing. We know we must be extremely cautious as there are ripple effects of a guest diagnosis including health risks for staff and guests, mandates to remain in quarantine, local resources, and possible impacts / elimination of trips for subsequent guests.
We appreciate your trust, patience, and your business. We hope that together we will all have a great season, and be in a place to enjoy Yakutat for many years to come.
Please let us know if we can be of help or answer any questions. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text Owner Curt Heikell at 206-391-2118.
Curt Heikell and the Monti Bay Lodge Team