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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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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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WITH AIR QUALITY AND ENERGY ADVISORIES IN EFFECT, STAY INSIDE, STAY INFORMED AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS
Monitor air quality and take action as conditions change

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, August 19, 2020) - With smoke from fires around the Bay Area affecting air quality and a statewide heat wave threatening rolling blackouts, stay inside and take steps to conserve energy.

Stay inside when air quality is poor

Air quality levels are rated “moderate” at the Berkeley air monitor in Aquatic Park as of 1pm on Wednesday, August 19. Be aware that conditions can change quickly depending on the wind and other factors.

Use an airnow.gov interactive map, which is updated hourly, to monitor local air quality status throughout the day. The City’s air quality webpage has recommendations about what precautions to take at different Air Quality Index (AQI) levels.

Everyone can protect their health by reducing physical activity and staying indoors with doors and windows closed. You should also:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
  • Set air conditioning units to re-circulate so you don’t bring outside air in.
  • Don’t smoke, burn candles, or use incense.
  • Don’t use gas, propane or wood burning stoves. Avoid frying or broiling meat.
  • Avoid vacuuming.

Do not use N-95s

Do not use an N-95s respirator unless you have been specifically instructed by a medical professional to do so and have been properly fitted.

N-95 respirators are not meant everyone and can be dangerous for certain people. There is currently a shortage of N-95s due to COVID-19, which means that it is especially important to reserve the supply for the situations they are designed for, including healthcare providers and emergency workers in active fire zones.

Conserve energy to help prevent power outages

Berkeley residents could experience rolling blackouts this evening due to statewide energy demand exceeding our electric grid’s capacity. These outages are initiated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the organization that manages the state’s grid.

Similar warnings were issued the past two nights, but outages were averted thanks to the efforts residents took to conserve energy. As the statewide heat wave continues, it is important to continue limiting energy use today:

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher. When you’re not at home, turn thermostats to 85 degrees.
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep rooms cool.
  • Don’t turn on your oven.
  • Use ceiling fans to keep rooms cool, even if you have air conditioning. Keeping a ceiling fan running allows you to raise the thermostat by 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off lights and fans when you leave a room.
  • Limit use of energy-intensive appliances like washing machines and dishwashers during peak hours. Clean clothes and dishes early in the morning or after 10pm at night.

Prepare for a possible outage by fully charging your essential devices and backup power sources, check your emergency supplies to confirm you have flashlights and batteries for everyone in the household, and make a paper list of emergency contacts.

Stay informed by signing up for outage alerts from PG&E and emergency notifications from the City of Berkeley at acalert.org.

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