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.

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.

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.

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans

Alameda County businesses and non-profits organizations are eligible for federal disaster assistance. SBA is providing $7 billion in targeted, low-interest loans to impacted areas. Loans are available for up to $2 million with terms up to 30 years.

The Alameda County Small Business Development Center will help local businesses, arts, and non-profit groups complete the application for free.

State of California Assistance

Take advantage of State assistance programs for your business and your employees. The CA Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing:

  • 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 response

At a special meeting on Tuesday, March 17, the City Council passed several emergency measures to address COVID-19’s impacts on Berkeley’s business and arts community.

  • Prohibiting evictions

    The emergency response ordinance prohibits evictions for delayed rent payment during the local emergency. Rent will still have to be paid once the local State of Emergency is over, but landlords will not be able to collect late fees. Commercial properties are covered by this ordinance.

    The City is currently developing guidelines for tenants to repay unpaid rent.

  • Berkeley Relief Fund

    The City Council approved up to $3 million in emergency relief grants for small businesses, nonprofit arts organizations, and worker rent support. Community members can supplement this fund by donating online and learn more berkeleyrelieffund.org.

    See eligibility information and application instructions for relief funding:

Last updated March 30, 2020


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