Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Recommendations from City of Berkeley Mental Health Division Manager, Steven Grolnic-McClurg, LCSW

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, April 14, 2020) - The outbreak of COVID-19 creates concerns for all of us. It may prompt feelings of anxiety, worry, anger, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, and hyper-vigilance to your health and body. 

The shelter-in-place order, while necessary to protect the health of our entire community, may bring challenges to the support systems we rely on in difficult times.  Signs of stress are normal, and it is important to care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation.

In this moment, staying home is the most important thing we need to do to protect our community. Coping with stress while staying at home will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger.

Things You Can Do to Support Yourself

  • Be informed 
    Understanding the facts about COVID-19 and the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful. Turn to trusted sources for information such as the CDC, WHO, or the City of Berkeley for accurate information. Share information with loved ones.
  • Take breaks 
    Watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media, about the pandemic can be upsetting. Be sure to take a break from the news and engage in activities you find relaxing and enjoyable.
  • Take care of your body 
    Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.  Exercise regularly while adhering to the need to practice social distancing. Residents can exercise in their home.  Enjoy alone or with members of your household open spaces in large parks. Read about the parks and recreational facilities that can be used at this time and how to enjoy these spaces safely.
  • Connect with others. 
    Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Stay in touch with members outside your household through the phone, video chat, and other communication tools. If you or a loved one feels overwhelmed with emotions, see our mental health resources below.

Resources for Community, Crisis, or Peer Support

  • California Peer-Run Warm Line,855-845-7415
    Mental Health Association of San Francisco 
    Non-emergency number for those feeling anxiety or seeking emotional support. Assistance available via web chat or phone.

  • 24 Hour Crisis Support Line,800-273-8255
    Crisis Support of Alameda County
    Trained Crisis Line Counselors are available 24/7 to take your call. For those struggling with difficult life circumstances or uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. You do not need to be experience suicidal thoughts or feelings to call.

  • Berkeley Mental Health Crisis Triage Line (510) 981-5244
    City of Berkeley Mental Health Division 
    Speak to a local mental health professional for support and resources over the phone. The crisis line is open Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Further reading from CDC on coping with COVID-19

Take steps to care of yourself and your loved one's mental health and emotional needs at this time. Practice self-care. Remember that seeking support is a healthy thing to do.

Visit cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for additional information on COVID-19, recommendations from Berkeley Public Health, and changes to City services.


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