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.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

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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COVID-19 Support for businesses and the arts community

There are federal, state, and local resources available to support businesses, non-profit organizations, and workers impacted by COVID-19.

Guidance and materials for businesses

City of Berkeley Health Officer Orders mandate that businesses implement specific COVID-19 safety measures and post certain signage at all entrances. Visit our business guidance and materials and outdoor commerce and dining web pages for everything you need to comply. 

Federal government assistance

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans

Businesses and non-profits organizations are eligible for federal disaster assistance and forgivable loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Alameda County Small Business Development Center offers free business continuity advice and help with loan applications for local businesses, arts, and non-profit groups. Sign up for free counseling online.

Paid sick and family leave tax credits

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), employers with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for refundable tax credits for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to employees for COVID-19 related leave.

State of California assistance

Take advantage of state assistance programs for your business and your employees.

Unemployment and disability insurance

The CA Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing:

  • Disability insurance for people unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19
  • Paid family leave benefits for people unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19
  • Unemployment insurance for people unable to work because:
  • their employer has reduced hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19
  • their child’s school is closed and they have no other care options

City of Berkeley relief funding

The City Council allocated up to $3 million in emergency relief grants for small businesses, nonprofit arts organizations, and worker rent support. Community members supplemented this fund by donating online through berkeleyrelieffund.org. Currently, all funds have been distributed and the program is no longer accepting applications. 

Additional resources

Last updated August 18, 2020

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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