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.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

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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School reopening information

Back to school information for families

Many Berkeley families are about to send their children back to in-person learning for the first time in over a year. Some aspects of school will be the same, but others will look and feel different for students and their parents or guardians.

The information in on this page is meant to help prepare parents and guardians for the return to in-person school.


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Berkeley Public Health supports school reopening

Science and data show that it is safe for all grades of public and private schools to open for in-person instruction.

A dedicated team from the City works directly with schools in Berkeley to prepare them to re-open safely. The Schools Team work includes:

  • learning sessions for school COVID Liaisons and stakeholders to learn about COVID-19, receive policy updates, and strengthen their schools’ ability to respond quickly and effectively to symptoms, cases, and exposures
  • a COVID-19 Toolkit with reference information, tools, and templates for school staff
  • campus visits to provide technical assistance before and after schools reopen
  • ongoing consultation and support to any school that requests it

Additionally, vaccinations are available all throughout the City of Berkeley including at pop-up clinics coordinated by Berkeley Public Health.  

COVID-19 safety measures at schools

State reopening guidance requires all schools to adopt certain COVID-19 safety practices to ensure the safety of students and staff. 

For detailed information on state standards for in-person instruction during COVID-19, see the California Safe Schools for All Hub, where you’ll find:

Screening, symptoms, or exposures at school

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that schools follow CDC Guidelines for staying home when sick and getting tested.

Berkeley Public Health requires that each school designate two staff COVID-19 Liaisons, who are responsible for tracking and responding to suspected and confirmed COVID cases and exposures, and who work closely with Berkeley Public Health on COVID-19 issues.

For questions about your school's procedures, contact your school's COVID-19 Liaisons.



Last updated July 29, 2021

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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