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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.

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COVID-19 restrictions in Berkeley

What's open, what's closed

The California Department of Public Health sets the rules for what businesses and activities are permitted to operate in Berkeley, using a tiered framework called the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Current Tier


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What's allowed now

Alameda County - including Berkeley - is in the state's orange tier. The following table highlights changes in allowed activities between the previous tier (red), and our current status (orange).

Activity Orange Tier 
Bars outdoor only, with modifications
Gatherings maximum 3 households, indoor gatherings discouraged; outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed starting April 15
Gyms indoors at 25% capacity, indoor pools allowed
Movie Theaters & Museums indoors at 50% capacity
Offices indoors with modifications, telework encouraged
Live events outdoors with modifications, max 33% capacity; indoor live events will be permitted starting April 15, capacity dependent on venue size
Restaurants indoors at 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
Retail indoors at 100% capacity
Schools all schools may open, must post reopening plan online (more information)
Wineries, breweries, and distilleries indoors at 25% capacity

All businesses must adhere to industry guidance from the State of California.

You can look up the permitted status of any industry on the State of California COVID-19 website.

Planned end of COVID-19 restrictions

The California Department of Public Health has announced the following upcoming changes to statewide rules:

  • April 15: Expanded rules for events & gatherings: Starting April 15, gatherings, conferences, and indoor live events may resume, with capacity limits. See details.

  • June 15: End of statewide COVID-19 restrictions: All sectors will be able to return to normal operations starting June 15, 2021, if two conditions are met:

    • vaccine supply sufficient for Californians 16 years or older who wish to be vaccinated
    • hospitalizations are low and stable
    Businesses must comply with ETS/Cal OSHA guidelines and broad health measures such as masking will remain across the state. See details.


State restrictions

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Blueprint for a Safer Economy sets baseline restrictions for what activities may be permitted in each county based on their current risk level.

CDPH used local case and test positivity rates to assign each county to a tier, ranging from purple (widespread) to yellow (minimal). Tier status is updated every Tuesday.

For a detailed explanation of how tier status is calculated, see the tiered framework blueprint from CDPH.

Moving between tiers

To move into a lower tier, a county must meet the lower tier's criteria for two consecutive weeks. At a minimum, counties must stay in a tier for 3 weeks before moving into a lower tier.

If a county's metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be automatically assigned a more restrictive tier.

Local restrictions

Local health jurisdictions, like Berkeley Public Health, may impose stricter rules than the state if they choose. Currently, Berkeley's Health Order aligns with State rules and does not impose additional local restrictions on allowed activities.

Alameda County Public Health

Alameda County Public Health Orders do not apply within the City of Berkeley. As an independent local health jurisdiction, Berkeley sets our own rules.

We work closely with Alameda County Public Health to align on COVID-19 Health Orders. Generally, local restrictions in Berkeley will be the same as or very similar to those in effect across Alameda County.


Last updated April 6, 2021

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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