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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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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.

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REDUCE YOUR RISK, PROTECT BERKELEY AND ASK THREE QUESTIONS IF LEAVING HOME DURING PANDEMIC
Stay outdoors with a small group of people that’s stable for at least 3 weeks

Berkeley, California (Friday, August 14, 2020) - When you leave the safety of home, use three questions to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19: Where will you go? Who will attend? What will happen?

These questions should guide you to limit activities within a small, stable group that meets outdoors and uses both face coverings and distance when with other households.

These questions should also help you avoid confined spaces, crowds and close contact with those outside your household.

These general questions come with specific caveats: For older adults or those with underlying medical conditions, extra precautions should be taken. Until there is an effective vaccine or treatment, the pandemic way of life dictates that the safest place for everyone is home.

COVID-19 may be spread by people without symptoms. These measures -- promoted by Berkeley Health Officer Lisa B. Hernandez and health officials around the region -- protect you and limit spread in our communities, especially protecting our most vulnerable.

Where will you go?

Outdoors is the safest. Limit indoor interactions with people you don't live with.

You should be able to wash your hands or carry hand sanitizer with you.

Even outdoors, wear your required mask and keep physical distance from those outside your household.

Who will attend?

The fewer who attend, the safer. Your Berkeley household can be part of a group of 12 people that gathers socially outdoors and is stable for at least 3 weeks -- a "social bubble."

If you live in a large, shared house, such as a fraternity or co-op, all those you live with become part of your group of 12.

Older adults and those with pre-existing conditions are more likely to get severe COVID-19 disease. The safest way to talk to them is online or on the phone.

If you or others feel sick, stay home.

What will happen?

Keep people from different households at least 6 feet apart and avoid sharing food or other items.

When everyone wears their required face covering, that's safer. The virus spreads through tiny droplets that are exhaled, sneezed or coughed. People may not wear masks when eating, drinking or participating in lots of physical activity.

The shorter the gathering, the safer.

Some activities increase risk of getting or spreading the virus, like sharing food, drinks, toys, bats, balls or objects passed back and forth. Risk also rises when people sing, chant, or shout. Avoid all those activities with those outside your household.

This is not the time for large gatherings or celebrations.

After your gathering

People without symptoms can have and spread the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. Get tested.

Start  self-isolating at home immediately if:

  • you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms; OR
  • you had a positive test for COVID-19; OR
  • experienced symptoms within two weeks of being with someone else with COVID-19.

Do not wait for a positive test result. See the Health Officer's Isolation and Quarantine Orders for detailed guidance.

Knowing who will attend, what will happen and where you'll go can help guide your interactions when you leave the safety of home. They can help keep you and our community safe.

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