COVID-19 Updates: See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information, and status of City services.

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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REACHING OUT TO NEIGHBORS DURING COVID-19
Ways to help seniors, at-risk neighbors, and others

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, June 17, 2020) - Even while using social distancing, you can reach out to neighbors or other community members to help those in particular need during a pandemic.

People who may need extra support

Regularly set aside some time in your schedule to reach out to those who may need it the most. Ask how you can help. Some cannot easily leave their homes. Others may be new to the area or sheltering in place away from family and friends. Neighbors may need an extra set of hands or appreciate an extra connection - for example:

  • People living in care homes that currently can't receive visitors
  • People who live alone
  • People over 60 or those with underlying chronic health conditions who may be leaving their homes less than others
  • Students living away from home
  • People who are unhoused
  • Elderly neighbors without nearby family
  • Neighbors who recently moved to the area and haven't made social connections yet
  • Families with children where one or more caregiver is putting in long hours away from home
  • People who speak English as a second language and might not be aware of programs and services

Ways to help

There are many ways to help your neighbors safely while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines. For example:

  • Leaving your contact information so someone can contact you for emotional support
  • Picking up supplies, groceries, and other essential items
  • Helping someone file for unemployment
  • Helping a senior install a video call app on their phone or computer
  • Doing laundry
  • Walking a dog

Remember, limiting in-person contact is important to slowing the spread of COVID-19, so call, text, or email if you can. Always practice good hand-washing hygiene, stay at least six feet apart from others, and wear a face covering.  

Reaching Out to Neighbors

When reaching out to neighbors, if you don't have someone's contact information, write a note and leaving it by their door with a way for them to contact you: "I'm your neighbor from Unit B. I'm reaching out to see how you are doing. Please let me know if you need anything."  Feel free to download, print, and use this template to leave notes for neighbors.

Connecting others to trusted resources

You can also take the opportunity to stay current with information from trusted sources, and pass this information along to neighbors you are connecting with. For example, there are  many services available to support seniors (such as meals, special shopping hours, and calls for the homebound), resources for small businesses and workers, and ways to protect your health during COVID-19. These resources and more are available on the City's website at cityofberkeley.info/COVID-19/.

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