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.

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Local and Statewide COVID-19 restrictions in Berkeley

California's economy has reopened with some restrictions 

Statewide COVID-19 restrictions ended June 15, 2021. Capacity and distancing restrictions have been lifted for most businesses and activities. Large-scale indoor events will have vaccination or negative test requirements for attendees. Some local and Statewide restrictions are in effect.

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Local restrictions

Local health jurisdictions, like Berkeley Public Health, may impose stricter rules than the State if they choose.

Currently, Berkeley's Face Masking Health Order requires everyone to wear a face covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Starting September 10, 2021, Berkeley's Proof of Vaccination Order requires that certain businesses require and obtain proof of full vaccination from all workers and further requires that certain businesses check proof of full vaccination of patrons 12 years and older prior to allowing a patron’s entry to an indoor portion of the business’s facility. See more information, details and exceptions in our community message and in the full order.

Indoor activities requiring vaccination beginning Sept 10
Summary of indoor activities that require full vaccination* for patrons and workers**

  • Restaurants and other dining establishments 
  • Any business or event serving food or drinks indoors 
  • Bars and clubs 
  • Theaters and entertainment venues 
  • Gyms, recreation facilities, yoga studios, dance studios and other fitness establishments
  • Large indoor events of 1,000 people or more - events where tickets were sold before September 3, 2021 are not required to obtain proof of vaccination from patrons until October 15, 2021. Starting Oct. 15, these venues must solely require proof of vaccination.

While these requirements focus on certain businesses due to the risk of spread, these and other tools can voluntarily be taken on by any business or organization. The safer a workplace becomes, the more likely they are to avoid an outbreak and stay open.

*A masked patron entering an establishment for a brief period of time solely to pick up or deliver food or goods or to perform other transactions which do not require the patron to remain for an extended period of time.
**Worker vaccination required by Oct. 15

Additional sites to require worker vaccination

Starting October 15, in addition to industries that the State has issued vaccination requirements for, vaccination or weekly testing will be required at all Berkeley venues above as well as:

  • Adult care facilities
  • Adult day programs
  • Dental offices
  • Pharmacies
  • Home health care workers and those employing health care workers
  • All public and private childcare facilities

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 its own rules.

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

Statewide restrictions lifted on June 15

As of June 15, 2021, California has sunset the color-coded tier system and moved "Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy".

All business sectors may now return to normal operations, with no capacity limits. Employers must continue to follow Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.

A limited number of restrictions will continue to apply to "mega events" - those with more than 1,000 attendees indoors or 10,000 outdoors. At indoor mega events, all attendees will be required to verify vaccination status or show a negative test result before entering. After September 20, 2021, attendees cannot self-attest to verify vaccination status or a negative test result. The same standard is strongly recommended for outdoor mega events. See State guidance for details.

Resources from the California Department of Public Health

Last updated September 3, 2021

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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