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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Previously, fully vaccinated people were permitted to go unmasked in some limited settings

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, December 29, 2021) - Today, the County of Alameda and the City of Berkeley announced that their Health Officers are rescinding the face mask amendments allowing fully vaccinated people to go unmasked in some limited settings, effective 12:01 am on December 30, 2021. Everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, must mask in all indoor public settings.

This change does not impact face masking requirements for school and youth settings.

The local daily case rate is 23.3 per 100,000 residents and rising, and the City of Berkeley community transmission is now categorized as "High" on the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker. The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is highly transmissible and everyone wearing masks in all indoor public settings will help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable residents as we enter a winter surge.

"The Omicron variant requires us to use all the tools at hand to reduce the chance of transmission," said Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez, the City of Berkeley Health Officer. "Masks are more important than ever to minimize the spread of COVID to our most medically vulnerable community members."

While people who are fully vaccinated can become infected and pass this virus to others, vaccination and boosters greatly reduce the chance of someone going to the hospital or dying because of COVID-19. But rapidly increasing case numbers will cause significant stress on our hospitals, even if only a small percentage of those infected require hospital care.

Vaccination and booster doses together with masking will protect our residents and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with people who are severely ill due to COVID. Protecting our hospitals' capacity is a top priority so anyone who needs to go to the hospital for any reason can access care in a timely manner.

"Omicron may be more transmissible, but we have the tools to prevent infection," said Dr. Nicholas Moss, the Alameda County health officer. "Because even a mild infection in a vaccinated person may be passed on to someone who could become hospitalized, we must take every precaution this winter."

If you haven't already done so:

  • get vaccinated and boosted
  • stay home if positive, symptomatic, or unvaccinated/not boosted and exposed
  • wear a mask in all indoor settings
  • get tested if exposed, symptomatic, and before and after gathering and traveling
  • avoid large or crowded and poorly ventilated settings. You can improve ventilation by opening doors and windows.



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