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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Health Officer Orders

All active Health Officer Orders related to COVID-19 are published on this page.

For previously issued Orders that are no longer in effect, see archived COVID-19 Health Orders.

Proof of Vaccination
Issued September 1, 2021 | Active

This 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.

This Order goes into effect September 3, 2021 at 12:01am.




Face Coverings Indoors
Issued August 2, 2021 | Updated December 29, 2021 | Active

This Order requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions.

This Order goes went into effect August 3, 2021 at 12:01 am. On December 29, 2021 the limited exemption for vaccinated people in certain settings is no longer in effect. These rules are unaffected by a statewide universal indoor masking mandate in effect on Dec. 13, 2021, which added indoor masking requirements to jurisdictions that did not already have one.



Isolation & Quarantine
Issued July 15, 2020 | Updated January 7, 2022 | Active

These Orders, issued concurrently, require people who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, to isolate until at least 1 day has passed since recovery and the length of isolation as defined by the order has passed. The Orders also require people who are unvaccinated or vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster dose to quarantine themselves if they have been exposed through close contact with someone who has COVID-19, including household contacts, intimate partners, and caregivers.

The Quarantine and Isolation Orders were updated on January 7, 2022 to align with new CDPH isolation and quarantine guidance.


Long-term Care Facilities 
January 11, 2022 | Active

This Order goes into effect January 12, 2022 through March 31, 2022. This Order requires all Long-Term Care Facility residents, employees, and contractors, regardless of vaccination status, who may encounter residents must test for COVID-19 infection on a once weekly basis. 


Laboratory test reporting
March 24, 2020 | Active

Required labs to report all COVID-19 test results to state and local public health authorities.



Last updated January 11, 2022

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