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.

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.

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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FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS START WEDNESDAY
Compliant masks can be improvised from everyday household materials

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, April 21, 2020) - Starting Wednesday morning, everyone over 12 years old must wear a face covering when out doing essential tasks in specific settings.

Those specific types of places when everyone must wear a mask include the following:

  • shopping at a store
  • waiting in line to enter a store
  • using or waiting for public transportation
  • in a taxi or rideshare
  • seeking healthcare
  • working at an essential job

You will not be allowed to enter a business or use shared transportation if you are not wearing a face covering.

There are limited exceptions to the requirement for people who have physical disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering, are not able to take a face covering off without help, or who have documentation from a medical professional saying they should not wear one.

Children 2 years or younger should not wear face coverings due to risk of suffocation. For children 3-12 years old, face coverings are optional and should be used only with a parents' supervision.

Face coverings protect the people around you

A face covering will not protect you from catching COVID-19, and should be used as an additional requirement staying home except for essential tasks, social distancing when out, and practicing healthy behaviors like washing your hands regularly. Face coverings don't substitute for any of those critical acts.

When face coverings aren’t required

You don't have to wear a face covering when you're:

  • at home
  • in a car alone or with members of your household
  • when exercising outdoors

Even though masks aren't required for outdoor exercise, you should take extra precautions to protect the people around you. Running and bicycling causes people to expel airborne particles more forcefully, which makes the usual minimum 6 feet distance less adequate. If you can, cross the street to avoid sidewalks with pedestrians. Carry a face covering with you and put it on when it is not possible to stay more than 6 feet apart from others.

Improvise face coverings from materials at home

You don't need to buy any special equipment to comply with face covering requirements. Simple, do-it-yourself face coverings are fine. You can improvise using a scarf, bandana, neck gaiter, t-shirt, or towel.

Use CDC tutorials to make your own face covering at home:

Your mask should be comfortable and allow you to breathe normally through your nose. Make sure it fits well - you should avoid touching your face or adjusting your mask once you've put it on.

Wash your face covering after each use.

Donate cloth masks to the City of Berkeley

We're accepting donations of homemade cloth masks in addition to other supplies needed to support our essential staff respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are able to donate masks or any of the other items we're seeking, please complete our donation form. Someone from our team will call you back to provide next steps.

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