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 (Coronavirus)

Protect yourself and others

We all have the power to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

City of Berkeley Health Office Dr. Lisa Hernandez has ordered all residents to shelter at home until Tuesday, April 7, leaving only to receive or provide essential services.

Leave your home only for essential needs, stay 6 feet away from others when you're out, and practice healthy everyday behaviors like washing your hands often.

Shelter at home

With no pharmaceutical treatments or vaccine available for COVID-19, we all need to take steps to collectively reduce the number of people who become ill. The best tool we have for this is "social distancing," which reduces opportunities for exposure and spread by limiting close contacts between individuals.

During this order, you should only leave your home to fulfill essential needs, such as buying food, getting healthcare, or providing care to a loved one.

The order prohibits most in person socializing outside of your immediate household. Do not invite friends or family over to your home, or gather outside in a group.

It is okay to go outside for exercise or recreation, but make sure to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others while you are out.

See details about what is and is not permitted under the Shelter at Home order in a detailed FAQ (PDF).

Collective social action is powerful. The more that take these actions, we amplify the power of our most powerful weapons against COVID-19. In doing so, we prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with severe cases.

Healthy behaviors protect everyone

In addition to practicing social distancing, everyone should practice healthy behaviors that help slow the spread of disease.

  • Wash your hands
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That's about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Don't touch your face.
    Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
    Clean objects and surfaces you touch a lot daily using a regular household detergent and water. This includes phones, doorknobs, light switches, tables, and keyboards.

  • Cover coughs.
    Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow.

  • Avoid close contact.
    Avoid close contact with other people. When you're out in public, try to maintain an arm's length of space between yourself and others.

  • Stay home when sick.
    If you feel sick, stay home except to get medical care. Avoid work, school, and public places so you don't spread your illness to others. Call first before visiting a health care provider, so they can take precautions to protect their staff and other patients.

These actions don't just protect you. They help keep our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of disease.

Don't use masks unless sick

The CDC does not currently recommend that the general public use face masks to protect against COVID-19.

Please keep masks available for those who need them. Masks are needed for people who are already sick, to keep them from spreading the disease to others, and for medical providers who are in direct, close contact with infected individuals.

High-risk groups

If you or a member of your household is at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, talk to your health care provider now about what personal precautions you should be taking.

Berkeley's Health Officer recommends that people in high risk groups stay away from crowded social gatherings as much as possible, such as parades, conferences, sporting events, and concerts where large numbers of people are within arm's length of one another.

The groups at highest risk from COVID-19 are:

  • People over 60 years-old, with risk escalating with age. Those over age 80 are in the highest risk group.
  • Regardless of age, people with underlying health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, severely weakened immune systems, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD.

Last updated March 19, 2020


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