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Archived COVID-19 Health Officer Orders

This page provides an archive of superseded Health Officer Orders related to COVID-19. These Orders are no longer in effect. For active Orders, see Active COVID-19 Health Officer Orders.

Face Covering Order

A mandatory face coverings Order for the City of Berkeley was first issued on April 17, 2020. and updated on June 5, 2020. The Order was superseded by the COVID-19 risk reduction Order issued January 25, 2021, which states that everyone in Berkeley must comply with State of California face covering requirements:

COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order

This Order governed allowed activities and gatherings from the start of the pandemic through the sunset of the California "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" on June 15, 2021. This Order was first issued jointly with six other Bay Area local health jurisdictions as "Shelter in Place Order", on March 16, 2020.

In the City of Berkeley, this is now called the COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order. Is updated regularly to expand or reduce allowed activities based on COVID-19 case and test positivity rates, and to align with State of California guidelines. For the current version of the Order, see Active COVID-19 Health Orders.

  • March 16, 2020: Required everyone to stay home except for essential activities.

  • March 31, 2020: Extended the "shelter-in-place" to May 3, 2020 and further restricted allowed activities.

  • April 29, 2020: Extended the "shelter-in-place" through May 31 and relaxed rules on a limited number of activities, including construction and outdoor businesses.

  • May 18, 2020: Extended "shelter-in-place" indefinitely while allowing certain sectors to resume operations: manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, and curbside pickup for retail.

  • June 5, 2020: Allowed childcare and camps to provide services to all children, permitted public libraries to offer curbside pickup services, and allowed residential housecleaners, dog walkers, pet grooming, and clothing alteration businesses to resume operations. Allowed outdoor gatherings between people who have collectively agreed to limit their in-person social activities to only each other for at least three weeks - a "social bubble."

  • June 18, 2020: Allowed for indoor and outdoor retail, outdoor dining, and non-contact outdoor fitness classes to resume. Allowed places of worship to hold in-person religious services with capacity limits. The Order was updated on July 17, 2020 to prohibit indoor worship services, in alignment with State guidelines.

  • August 21, 2020: Allowed for certain outdoor personal care services, including hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, waxing, and massage to operate outdoors.

  • September 2, 2020: Significantly restructured Order to align with newly released California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Allowed hair salons and barbershops to operate indoors.

  • October 2, 2020: Allowed elementary schools to reopen, subject to certain requirements. Allowed indoor museums at 25% capacity and indoor gyms at 10% capacity. Allowed indoor personal care services including waxing, massage, nail salons, skin care, piercings, and tattoo parlors.

  • October 21, 2020: Allowed dining, worship services, movie theaters, and family entertainment centers to open indoors at reduced capacity. Allowed for film production and live-streamed or recorded performances indoors without an audience.

  • November 5, 2020: Allowed middle and high schools to open for in-person instruction, subject to certain requirements.

  • November 17, 2020: Added additional restrictions required by the State of California after Berkeley was moved into the "purple" tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Prohibited indoor operations for dining, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship.

  • December 5, 2020: Aligned local restrictions with the State of California's Regional Stay at Home Order, closing many sectors and imposing new restrictions on several sectors that remain open. Prohibited all social gatherings between people not part of the same household.

  • January 25, 2021: Aligned local restrictions with the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy and California Department of Public Health guidance for face coverings, gatherings, and reopening in-person instruction framework for K-12 schools.

  • June 14, 2021: Replaced the COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order (issued January 25, 2021) and Licensed Facilities Order (issued April 16, 2020) and fully aligned local requirements with the "Beyond the Blueprint" State Public Health Officer Order of June 11, 2021

Licensed Facilities Order

An order requiring symptom checks, temperature screenings, face coverings, and other measures on all workers, visitors, and residents at licensed facilities was issued in April 2020 and was lifted in the Beyond the Blueprint Order issued June 14, 2021.

Shelter in place order
March 16, 2020 | Superseded

Required everyone to stay home except for essential activities.

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Shelter in place expansion
March 31, 2020 | Superseded

Extended shelter in place to May 3 and further restricted allowed activities.

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Mandatory face coverings
April 17, 2020 | Superseded

Requires everyone to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at businesses, when seeking health care, and when using or waiting in line for shared transportation.

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Shelter in Place Update
April 29, 2020 | Superseded

Extended shelter in place order through May 31 and relaxed rules on a limited number of activities. Allowed all construction and created new permissible category of 'outdoor businesses.'

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Shelter in Place Update
May 18, 2020 | Superseded

Extended shelter in place order indefinitely and allowed for certain businesses to resume operations: curbside pickup for retail stores as well as manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing which were at that time newly permitted under state of California guidelines. Also allowed for pickleball and tennis to resume as singles games only.

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Shelter in Place Update
June 5, 2020 | Superseded

Allowed childcare and camps to provide services to all children, permited public libraries to offer curbside pickup services, and allowed residential housecleaners, dog walkers, pet grooming, and clothing alteration businesses to resume operations. Allowed outdoor gatherings between people who have collectively agreed to limit their in-person social activities to only each other for at least three weeks - a "social bubble."

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Mandatory face coverings
June 5, 2020 | Superseded

Required everyone to visibly carry face coverings when outside their home, and wear it over their nose and mouth when within 30 feet of others.

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Phased Reopening Order (Shelter in Place Update)
Issued June 18, 2020 | Updated July 17, 2020 | Superseded

Allowed for indoor and outdoor retail, outdoor dining, and non-contact outdoor fitness, and college sports training to resume. Allowed places of worship to hold in-person religious services and cultural ceremonies, of 100 or fewer people, or 25 percent of the capacity of the area in which gatherings take place (whichever is less). Allowed for outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens and vehicle based gathering such as drive-in movies.

Update: This Order was updated July 17, 2020 to prohibit indoor worship services, in alignment with current State of California guidelines. The revised Order also includes additional face covering guidance for outdoor dining, to clarify that restaurant patrons should wear face coverings at all times other than when actively eating or drinking.

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Phased Reopening Order (Shelter in Place Update)
Issued August 21, 2020 | Updated August 27, 2020 | Superseded

Allowed for certain outdoor personal care services, including hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, waxing, and massage to operate outdoors. Allowed outdoor vehicle-based gatherings with live entertainment and outdoor wine tasting without food. Allowed outdoor pools to reopen.

This Order was updated on August 27, 2020 to reduce the maximum number of children and adults allowed in a childcare group from 15 to 14, in alignment with State of California rules.

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COVID-19 restrictions on activities and gatherings
Issued September 2, 2020 | Updated September 23, 2020 | Superseded

This Order replaced the previous shelter-in-place Order and aligned allowed activities with the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Order allowed hair salons and barbershops to operate indoors and for higher education institutions to open libraries at 25% capacity.

This order was updated on September 23, 2020 to allow college sports teams with an approved, institution-specific "return to play" safety plan to participate in indoor training and additional activities approved on a case-by-case basis by the Health Officer.

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COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order
Issued October 2, 2020 | Superseded

Allowed for elementary schools to re-open October 13, subject to certain requirements. Allowed museums and galleries to open indoors at 25% capacity, and gyms/fitness studios to open indoors at 10% capacity. Allowed indoor personal care services including waxing, massage, nail salons, skin care, piercings, and tattoo parlors to operate indoors with restrictions.

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COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order
Issued October 21, 2020 | Superseded

Allowed the following activities to open indoors at 25% capacity or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is less: dining, worship services, movie theaters, and family entertainment centers. Expanded capacity limits for retail, malls, gyms, outdoor non-contact fitness classes, and wedding and funeral services. Allowed for film production and live-streamed or recorded performances indoors without an audience.

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COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order
November 5, 2020 | Superseded

Allowed middle and high schools to open for in-person instruction, subject to certain requirements.

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COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order
November 17, 2020 | Superseded

Restricted allowed activities in Berkeley to those permitted under the State's "purple" tier. Dining, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship are no longer permitted indoors, but may continue to operate outside.

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COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order
December 5, 2020 | Superseded

This Order aligned local restrictions with the State of California's Regional Stay at Home Order.

It closed outdoor dining, hair salons, barbershops, other personal care services, museums, movies theaters, wineries and bars, and limited services not included in critical infrastructure. It added new restrictions to retail, hotels, and other sectors that remain open and prohibited all social gatherings between people not part of the same household.

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COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order
January 25, 2021 | Superseded

Replaced most local restrictions with the requirements defined in the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy and California Department of Public Health guidance for face coverings, guidance on gatherings, and reopening in-person instruction framework for K-12 schools.

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Beyond the Blueprint
Issued June 14, 2021 | Superseded

Replaced the COVID-19 Risk Reduction Order (issued January 25, 2021) and Licensed Facilities Order (issued April 16, 2020) and fully aligned local requirements with the "Beyond the Blueprint" State Public Health Officer Order of June 11, 2021.

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Last updated October 28, 2021


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