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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Roll up a sleeve and save a life

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 14, 2020) - Help ensure there is blood for those in need and sign up to donate at an upcoming blood drive sponsored by the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Unified School District, and the American Red Cross.

Someone in the U.S. needs blood on an average of every two seconds, but blood donations have dramatically decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for trauma and cancer patients, accident and burn victims, people with blood disorders, and more.

New screening, cleaning, physical distance and other new measures now increase safety for blood donors and workers.  All blood types are needed and people who have never donated before are encouraged to donate.

Make an appointment

Donors will need to make an online appointment in advance. The blood drive will be held:

Wednesday, June 17 9am-3pm
Berkeley High School, Donahue Gym
2224 Milvia Street (at Bancroft)

There are two types of appointments available: whole blood and "power red." Whole blood donations can be given by any blood type and take about one hour. You can give whole blood every 56 days.

Eligible donors with type O, A negative, or B negative blood can register for a power red donation, which allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one appointment. Power red donations take 90 minutes, and can be given up to 3 times per year.

You'll need to bring your ID to the appointment. Save time at the blood drive by completing your pre-donation paperwork online through Red Cross RapidPass on the day of your appointment.

Sign up online to donate.

Blood donations are safe

The Red Cross has adopted new safety protocols to keep employees and donors at blood drives safe during COVID-19, including:

  • Cleaning donor-touched areas after every collection
  • Screening and temperature checks for donors on arrival
  • Increasing space between donors and donor beds to comply with social distancing requirements
  • Using sterile collection sets for every donation
  • Enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before entering and throughout appointment

All blood donors are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth during their donation.

If you are making a power red donation, you're encouraged to bring your own blanket. This will help the Red Cross, who are now laundering blankets after every use.


Most healthy individuals age 17 or older can donate. As a COVID-19 precautionary measure, the Red Cross asks everyone to wait to donate until 28 days after:

  • Travel to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, Italy, or South Korea
  • Diagnosis or contact with anyone who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19

Some people may be ineligible to donate due to medical conditions, medications, travel, or other factors. The Red Cross website has detailed information on eligibility. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276. 



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