Residential waste, recycling, and compost pickup service will be one day behind regular schedules Monday, October 26 through Saturday, October 31. Regular collection schedules will resume Monday, November 2.

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.

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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AS CITY PLAYGROUNDS OPEN, CAREGIVERS SHOULD USE MASKS, DISTANCE, TIME LIMITS AND OTHER PRECAUTIONS
COVID-19 remains a threat, so self-monitored restrictions reduce risk

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 16, 2020) - All of the City's 66 playgrounds are now open -- but everyone should use caution as high-touch shared surfaces and gathering places for crowds remain potential sources of virus transmission.

Those risks are always present at playgrounds, especially in flu season. But increased vigilance is needed for COVID-19, a disease for which there is neither vaccine nor treatment.

Anyone at these playgrounds -- or those at any park, campground, or public facility in California -- should follow state guidelines:

  • Wear a face covering if you're  2 years of age or older
  • Use playgrounds only when you can keep 6 feet of distance from anyone not in your household or stay within a capacity limit
  • Consider alternate, less busy times
  • Don't eat or drink while at playgrounds
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after use
  • Limit use to 30 minutes
  • If you are over age 65 or have underlying health conditions, avoid playgrounds altogether as you are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

Get a seasonal flu vaccine shot to further reduce the chance of getting infected or spreading potential flu viruses.

Come prepared to do your part, including leaving if crowds gather

These are unmonitored spaces. Parents and guardians will need to each do their own part. Everyone should be conscious of these rules -- especially the masks, half-hour limit and distancing -- and be prepared to leave should crowds gather.

In the event of a crowd that you should avoid, parents should come to playgrounds with a backup plan for an alternate destination.

These playground openings are possible because of declining rates of daily COVID-19 cases as well as testing positivity, metrics that allow the City, as an independent health jurisdiction, as well as the County to open these facilities.

Since the City and County moved into this less restrictive state tier on Tuesday, City Parks, Recreation and Waterfront staff have worked to personally inspect equipment at all of the City's 66 playgrounds. On Friday Oct. 16, they started at 4 a.m.

As activities open, be proactive about reducing your risk

Assess the risk of any public activity by asking three questions: Where will you go? Who will attend? What will happen? These questions should also help you avoid confined spaces, crowds and close contact with those outside your household.

Instead of doing all public activities, budget your risk by prioritizing which ones are the most important and forgoing others.

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