Calypso's COVID-19 Response

UPDATED January 2021

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the upcoming season, we hope to be able to reintroduce some of our in-person education programs this spring, in a limited capacity with safety measures in place. We will also continue our food relief work during the growing season, increasing accessibility and providing food to those who need it most in the Fairbanks community.

We care deeply about our community and will continue to adjust our programs as needed in order to protect one another. The information below reflects our plans for the 2021 season and will be updated as more details become available.

If you would like to contribute to our continuing community food relief efforts, please click here to make a donation!



We will continue to practice COVID-19 safety precautions as we resume in-person programming during the 2021 season, including youth education programs. This includes limiting program group sizes, using mostly outdoor spaces, practicing social distancing, encouraging frequent hand washing or sanitizing, and eliminating the mixing of multiple on-site programs. All participants, ages 5+ who can safely wear a mask per CDC guidance, will be required to wear a face mask during our programs.

We will be using the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 Alert Level system and guidance from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to determine the risk level of holding in-person programming and appropriate mitigation measures:

A HIGH (Red) Alert Level within the Fairbanks North Star Borough means that there is a high level of COVID-19 community spread and Calypso may choose to cancel in-person programming and/or modify programs as needed. We will evaluate each program on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the alert level and other factors such as case rate trends, Calypso’s staffing capacity, and our ability to strictly follow health and safety guidelines within a given program. Health and safety for our community will be our highest priority.

An INTERMEDIATE (Orange) Alert Level within the Fairbanks North Star Borough means we will hold in-person programming as scheduled while adhering to all COVID-19 mitigation procedures.

A LOW (Yellow) Alert Level within the Fairbanks North Star Borough means in-person programming will continue as scheduled. All COVID-19 mitigation measures will continue to be practiced as a precaution. 

The State of Alaska and the Fairbanks North Star Borough use a 14 day case-rate average (average cases per day per 100,000 people over the last 14 days) to determine current risk levels for community exposure to COVID-19.

Click here for Alaska's COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Click here for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Operational Risk Zones.


We plan to reopen some of our markets for in-person shopping this summer. Our Beaver Sports Farm Stand will likely remain closed, while Ester Market and the Southside Community Farmers Market will re-open with restrictions in place. Pre-ordering with contactless pickup will be available again this year at the Southside Market, in addition to an in-person market. Click here for the most up-to-date information on our farmers markets.