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.

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: Volunteer and donate

As our community faces unprecedented challenges, here are some ways you can help to support your neighbors in need with volunteer work and donations.

Volunteer to support your neighbors

  • Bring food and supplies to at-risk neighbors

    Older adults and people with underlying chronic health conditions are more susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19. The Berkeley Disaster Preparedness Neighborhood Network matches seniors and other vulnerable individuals to low-risk volunteers who can help pick up essential supplies like food, toiletries, and prescriptions. Visit Berkeley Mutual Aid to sign up.

  • Support local food banks

    With many in our community struggling due to COVID-19, food banks are shouldering greatly increased demands. If you're in a position to help, consider volunteering to bag or distribute groceries with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Berkeley Food Network, or Berkeley Food Pantry.

  • Join the California Health Corps

    The State of California is recruiting health care professionals to help support the urgent need. Health Corps members might help treat people affected by COVID-19 or relieve pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases.

    Physicians (including medical residents and students), nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, paramedics, medical assistants, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, behavioral health professionals (psychiatrist, psychiatric technicians psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC), and dentists are all needed. Health Corps members will be paid and given malpractice insurance coverage. Apply online to join.

Donate to support emergency response and relief funding

  • Donate protective equipment

    We need thermometers, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and other protective goods to support our firefighters, nurses, police, and others on the front lines of COVID-19 response. If you have supplies you can spare, let us know.

  • Donate blood

    Donated blood has decreased dramatically, but it is needed more than ever. If you're eligible to donate, please do so to ensure there's lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. Visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment at the Oakland Blood Donation Center (6230 Claremont Avenue) or find other locations.

  • Support the Berkeley Relief Fund

    In March, Berkeley's City Council allocated $3 million in emergency relief funding to support small businesses, arts organizations, and renters suffering loss of income due to COVID-19. We're hoping to raise an additional $3 million through private fundraising, an effort being led by Mayor Jesse Arreguín. If you are able, make a tax-deductible donation online.

  • Support the Alameda County Community Food Bank

    With many of our neighbors out of work or facing significant medical expenses due to COVID-19, food insecurity is rising. The Alameda County Community Food Bank distributes groceries to those in need. Every $1 you give to the food bank provides $7 worth of food to neighbors in need. Donate online, or enlist your friends and family to contribute with a virtual food drive. If you can help distributing food to families in the East Bay, contact volunteer@accfb.org and use the subject line "Food Distributions."

Last updated July 1, 2020

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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