COVID-19 Updates: See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information, and status of City services.

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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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: Changes to City services

To limit the spread of COVID-19 among the public and staff, some City services are suspended during the Health Officer's Shelter at Home Order. All essential services continue. We are providing many services remotely by phone, email, and video.

All City buildings are closed to the public, with limited exceptions.

Changes to services and operations

Specific service changes during the shelter at home order include:

  • Adult Mental Health: Client hours at 1521 University for Adult Mental Health services are limited to 10am-1pm Monday-Thursday. We are open by phone 10am-5pm Monday-Friday for crisis intervention, referrals, and screening for mental health treatment: (510) 981-5244. For emergencies, call 911. For crises outside of these hours, call the 24-hour crisis line at (800) 309-2131. 

  • Aging Services Case Management: Aging Services is limiting in-person contacts to essential visits only. Referrals are being accepted by phone (510) 981-5180. Referrals will be assessed and triaged by a supervisor, and response times may be delayed.

  • Animal Services: The Animal Shelter at 1 Bolivar Drive is closed to the public. We are still conducting animal control services and accepting stray animal dropoff.

  • BESO: If you have a building sale during this time and need a BESO compliance form, please email a copy of the application to beso@cityofberkeley.info in addition to mailing the application and filing fee. BESO staff will issue a temporary compliance form that can be included in the closing documents. The final compliance form will be sent once the filing fee payment has been received.

  • Birth and Death Certificates: The office of Vital Stats will provide birth and death certificates by appointment only. Appointments will be scheduled after a phone screening.

  • Boards and Commissions: Most board and commission meetings have been canceled. Some meetings are being held virtually for time-sensitive, legally-mandated business. Information regarding upcoming meetings will be posted on individual commission pages and on the community calendar.

  • City Council: Meetings are being held virtually. The public has several options for ways to watch, listen, and participate in virtual Council meetings.

  • Construction and Building Permits: For information about construction, inspections, and permit applications during this period, see guidance allowed construction activities and ways to get building and safety services online.

  • Domestic Partnerships: We are not accepting domestic partnership registrations at this time. The State of California offers domestic partnership registration by mail.

  • Handwashing stations: The City has installed public handwashing stations in areas with a high need. See an interactive map of public handwashing stations.

  • Parking Enforcement: Enforcement will resume beginning July 1 for parking meters, time-limited unmetered spaces, and vehicles parked for more than 72 hours. We are not currently issuing citations relating to school zones or residential parking. 

    We will continue to issue citations for parking violations that impact public safety or impede access to essential services, including:

  • street sweeping
  • red curbs and fire hydrants
  • disabled parking blue zones
  • yellow zones in commercial areas
  • double parking
  • bus stops

We will enforce prohibitions on parking in construction zones and driveways by complaint only.

  • Parking Garages: The Center Street Garage and Telegraph Channing Garage are open for use, but close earlier than normal at 8:00 pm. The Oxford Garage is closed.

  • Parks: Most recreation facilities, including play structures, sports fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and climbing/bouldering areas are closed. Small parks without sufficient space to support social distancing are closed. Pickleball and tennis courts are now open (except for Rose Garden at 1200 Euclid Ave., closed for construction). The Berkeley Skate Park is open. Dog parks are open.

    Open space in large parks remains open for community members to enjoy alone or with members of their household. Do not gather in parks with people who don't live with you.

  • Police Review Commission: Police Review Commission will not be available by phone, but will monitor emails at prc@cityofberkeley.info.

  • Public Health Clinic: The Ann Chandler Clinic is providing prescription refills and tele-medicine appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

  • Recreation programs: Most recreation programs are canceled. This includes all afterschool programs, spring break camps, aquatics programs, recreation and athletics programs (youth and adults sports, leagues, drop-in activities, classes, open gym), tot and pre-k programs, teen programs, field trips, and permits for field reservations. Pickleball and tennis courts are now open (except for Rose Garden at 1200 Euclid Ave., closed for construction). The Berkeley Skate Park is open. 

    Program areas may be re‐opened depending on future updates to the shelter in place order. Specific cancelations include:

  • adult sports
  • aquatics programs at King and West Campus Pools
  • Berkeley Marina Experience programs
  • Berkeley Day Camp
  • community center drop‐in activities and camps activities
  • Echo Lake Camp programs
  • playground programs
  • specialty camps
  • sports camps
  • summer special events
  • teen programs
  • tots & pre‐K programs
  • volunteer opportunities
  • youth sports
  • Recreation customer service: Recreation customer service is available by phone at (510) 981-5150 or email at recreation@cityofberkeley.info during office closures.

  • Rent Board: Limited services are available by phone and email. Phones are not being answered, but messages are checked regularly. If possible, email questions to rent@cityofberkeley.info. Otherwise, leave a message at (510) 981-7368. Include the following information in your email or voice message:

  • your name
  • your property address
  • the best time to reach you
  • briefly describe the reason for your call
  • Seniors: Grab & go meal program: Delicious and nutritious meals are available to Berkeley seniors who are 60 years of age or above. Five frozen meals are available for curbside pickup on Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:00pm, at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street. A donation of $15 is suggested to cover the cost of weekly meals. You must register in advance to participate.

  • Skate Park: The Berkeley Skate Park at Harrison Park is open 12:00pm-8:00pm Monday-Friday, and 8:00am-8:00pm Saturday-Sunday, with online registration and new operating procedures.

  • Sports field reservations: Certain sports fields may be reserved by organized Youth Sports groups and youth sports camps, subject to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Email drobles@cityofberkeley.info with reservation inquiries.

  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts: Pickleball and tennis courts are now open (except for Rose Garden, 1200 Euclid Ave., closed for construction).

  • Transfer Station: The Transfer Station is an essential service and will remain open.

  • Unhoused: Resources to support Berkeley's unhoused residents and homeless service providers, such as City-wide homeless services, the Berkeley emergency storm shelter, and information on handwashing stations and restrooms, are available. 

  • West Campus Shower Program: New! Expanded shower program at 2100 Browning Street: Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm, Sat-Sun 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

  • Willard shower program: The free shower program at 2701 Telegraph will continue with expanded hours: Mon-Fri 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 12pm.

  • YouthWorks: The Summer 2020 program is limited to 50-60 participants due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Youth who have been accepted into the program will begin to receive notifications May. 

Closures

All City buildings are generally closed to the public, with a small number of narrow exceptions to provide essential services.

Specific closures include, but are not limited to:

Administrative offices

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Building, 2180 Milvia St.
  • Administrative office building, 1947 Center St.
  • Corporation Yard, 1326 Allston

Community services

  • Fire stations: All fire stations are closed to the public.
  • Libraries: All libraries are closed to the public.
  • Senior centers: Both the North Berkeley and South Berkeley Senior Centers are closed to the public.
  • Parking garages: The Oxford Garage at 2165 Kittredge Street is closed. 

Customer service centers & counters

  • Customer Service Center, 1947 Center St.
  • Engineering customer service, 1947 Center St.
  • Fire customer service counter, 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
  • Permit Service Center, 1947 Center St.
  • Police customer service counter, 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
  • Recreation customer service offices, 2701 Telegraph Avenue and 1720 8th St.
  • Transportation customer service, 1947 Center St.

Health services

  • Ann Chandler Public Health Clinic, 830 University, except for prescription refills and tele-medicine appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
  • Berkeley High School Health Center, 1980 Allston Way, except for a new "warm line" for students, families, and teachers offers mental health support, information, consultations, and resources with a call to (510) 981-5240, Monday-Friday from 11:30 am - 4 pm. Services are available in English and Spanish.
  • Mental Health Family Youth and Children's outpatient services, 3282 Adeline Street

Parks

These parks are closed entirely:

  • 63rd Street Mini Park, 1615 63rd St.
  • Bateman Mall Park, 3027 Colby St.
  • Becky Temko Tot Park, 2424 Roosevelt St.
  • Charlie Dohr Mini Park, 2208 Action St.
  • Grizzly Peak Park, 50 Whitaker Ave.
  • Haskell-Mabel Mini Park, 1255 Haskell St.
  • Price Street Mini Park, 1631 Prince St.
  • Virginia McGee Totland, 1644 Virginia

Recreation centers

  • Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St.
  • James Kenney Community Center, 1720 8th St.
  • Live Oak Community Center, 1301 Shattuck
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Services Center/Young Adult Project (YAP), 1730 Oregon St.
  • Willard Clubhouse, 2720 Hillegass

Recreation facilities

All recreation space is closed with the exception of dog parks and open space in large parks. Sports fields are open for community members to enjoy as open space alone or with members of their household, but not for general reservations. Certain sports fields may be reserved by organized Youth Sports groups and youth sports camps, subject to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Email drobles@cityofberkeley.info with reservation inquiries.

All play structures, sports fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and climbing/bouldering areas are closed. Pickleball courts are now open, along with tennis courts (except for Rose Garden at 1200 Euclid Ave.) and the Berkeley Skate Park.

Standalone facility closures include:

  • Adventure Playground, 160 University
  • King Pool, 1700 Hopkins
  • Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University
  • West Campus Pool, 2100 Browning

Canceled events

  • All City-sponsored or permitted events have been canceled.

  • All programming at Berkeley Public Libraries is canceled.

  • Most board and commission meetings are canceled, except for critical items that will be considered at virtual meetings for the following bodies:

  • BART Community Advisory Group
  • Design Review Committee
  • Disaster and Fire Safety Commission
  • Fair Campaign Practices Commission
  • Joint Subcommittee on the Implementation of State Housing Laws
  • Housing Advisory Commission
  • Homeless Services Panel of Experts
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Open Government Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Police Review Commission
  • Zoning Adjustments Board

Last updated July 6, 2020


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