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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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.

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Face coverings during COVID-19

Wear a mask indoors - even if you're vaccinated.

Bay Area Health Officers urge everyone to wear face coverings indoors in public settings.


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Masks still required for everyone in some settings

Bay Area Health Officers require everyone to wear masks indoors in public settings, venues, gatherings, and workplaces, such as, but not limited to: offices, retail stores, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference and event centers, and government offices serving the public regardless of vaccination status. See full details in the Health Officer Order.

California Department of Public Health guidance still requires everyone 2 years and older to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, when:

  • on shared transportation, including: buses, trains, taxis, ride-share, airplanes, and ferries
  • indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
  • in healthcare settings, include long term care facilities
  • in shelters, cooling centers, and correctional facilities

Guidance for businesses and venue operators

Individuals, businesses, venue operators, hosts, and others responsible for the operation of indoor public settings must:

  • Require all patrons to wear face coverings for all indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status; and
  • Post clearly visible and easy-to-read signage at all entry points for indoor settings to communicate the masking requirements to all patrons.

Guidelines for face coverings

Face coverings should be comfortable and allow you to breathe normally through your nose. Make sure it fits well - you should avoid touching your face or adjusting your mask once you've put it on.

Your face covering should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered without damage

What not to use

  • Masks with valves: Do not use masks that have a one-way valve designed for easier breathing (the valves are often a raised plastic disk about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask). These valves allow respiratory droplets out of the mask, which puts people nearby at risk.

Keep face coverings clean

Clean your hands before and after touching your face coverings.

Wash your face coverings frequently. Ideally, wash them after each use and keep them in a dedicated laundry bag or bin.

Follow CDC instructions on washing cloth face coverings by machine or by hand.

Exceptions: some groups are not required to wear face coverings

Medical, safety, and disability exceptions

You do not have to wear a face covering if:

  • you have been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering (must have documentation)
  • you have trouble breathing or are not able to take off a face covering without help
  • wearing a face covering would create a safety hazard at work, according to established health and safety guidelines
  • you have a physical disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering

If you are deaf and use facial and mouth movements as part of communication, you can remove your mask while signing.

Children

Children under 2 should not wear face coverings, as this creates risk of suffocation.

Last updated October 18, 2021


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