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: When a loved one dies during the pandemic

Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have lost friends or loved ones during this challenging time. If you have lost a loved one, these resources can help you make necessary arrangements while protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. 

Getting a death certificate

The City of Berkeley maintains death certificates for people who die within city limits. You can apply for a death certificate online, in person, or by mail. In person applications are by appointment only. Please call (510) 981-5320 to make an appointment.

If a death occurred outside Berkeley, contact the county, state, or country in which the event occurred to request the record.

Gathering for funerals and memorials

Funerals with 25 or fewer attendees are allowed. All attendees must wear face coverings and stay 6 feet apart from people outside their household. Anyone who is sick cannot attend in person. Staying home will help protect others from getting sick. Many funeral homes are offering live video streaming for people who cannot attend in person.

We are still learning about how COVID-19 spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you avoid touching the body of a deceased person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room as the body of a person who died of COVID-19.

Postmortem testing for COVID-19

Medical examiners, coroners, and other healthcare professionals will determine if a person had signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 during life and whether postmortem testing is necessary. The CDC provides guidance to help industry professionals with their decision-making. 

Other resources

Grieving the loss of life during the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming. It may be difficult for you to make decisions about how to safely honor your loved one. The CDC offers guidance for individuals and families as they work with funeral directors, community and religious leaders, and others to plan and hold funeral services and visitations. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, you can call or text a hotline for support.

The California Department of Aging Services has prepared a downloadable PDF of resources for grief and loss during COVID-19, covering topic such as creating an online memorial and finding online support.

Veterans Hospital Administration (VA) burial benefits can help service members, veterans, and families plan and pay for a burial or memorial service in a VA national cemetery. For information about burials for veterans, visit va.gov/burials-memorials.


Last updated July 1, 2020

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