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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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Avoid Spreading COVID-19 Among Friends, Neighbors

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, October 05, 2021) - Safely celebrate Halloween or Día de los Muertos by using common public health measures to reduce risk of infection and limit the spread of COVID-19.

These simple, effective measures are now familiar: getting vaccinated, staying home when sick, wearing a face covering, staying outdoors, maintaining hand hygiene and keeping gatherings small.

By using these recommendations from public health officials for the County of Alameda and the City of Berkeley, you protect all those around you - including children who may be too young to get vaccinated.

  • Get fully vaccinated.
    • Vaccines are our best protection against infection. All three currently available vaccines are safe and effectively reduce risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.
    • Find a vaccination location near you using the City of Berkeley, Alameda County, or state vaccine pages.
  • Stay home if you have, or think you may have, COVID-19.
    • Do not attend celebrations or participate in activities if you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and you are not yet fully vaccinated.
  • Wear a face mask.
    • Vaccinated individuals can carry COVID-19 without showing symptoms. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a face mask in indoor public settings.
    • Face masks are recommended in private settings where not everyone has been vaccinated or when around people who are otherwise vulnerable or whose immune systems are compromised.
    • A costume mask is not a substitute for a well-fitted face mask that covers your mouth and nose.
    • Avoid wearing a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  • Gather outdoors.
    • Indoor activities where people from different households mix, like haunted houses or indoor mazes, are higher risk for everyone-especially for persons not yet vaccinated.
  • Take safety precautions when trick-or-treating.
    • If participating in traditional outdoor trick-or-treating, wear a face mask or keep your distance from others to help reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.
    • Take hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently. Remember to wash your hands after coming home, and especially before eating any treats.
  • Keep gatherings small.
    • Large gatherings, even if they are outdoors, pose risk for COVID-19.
    • Events with crowds greater than 1,000 indoor attendees or crowds greater than 10,000 outdoor attendees must comply with California's Mega-Event Guidance.

To further protect yourself and your loved ones, be sure to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after participating in holiday celebrations and activities. Pay special attention from days 3-7 as this is when people are most likely to develop symptoms.

If someone you had close contact with tests positive, get tested, and if you are not fully vaccinated, stay home to quarantine. If you do not feel well or if you test positive, stay home to isolate regardless of your vaccination status.

To learn more about symptoms and testing, visit the testing pages for Alameda County or the City of Berkeley, which operates as a separate health jurisdiction. For information on what to do after an exposure or a positive test, visit the Isolation and Quarantine pages for Alameda County or the City of Berkeley. Children and youth who attend a K-12 school do not qualify for Modified Quarantine for this type of exposure (outside a school setting) if your school offers this as a quarantine option.



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