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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Quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

COVID-19 spreads easily between people. As many as half of people infected have no symptoms, but they can still spread the disease to others.

If you've been exposed to COVID-19 or participated in a high-risk activity, quarantine at home for 10 days.

When to quarantine

If you are not vaccinated you must quarantine after having close contact with someone with COVID-19. Close contact is defined as:

  • Living in the same house;

  • Being a caregiver or intimate partner;

  • Having unprotected contact with the body fluids/secretion of the person, such as being sneezed or coughed on, or sharing food or utensils with that person

  • Being within 6 feet of that person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period

Stay home and monitor your symptoms

When quarantining, stay home for 10 days, starting from the date of your last exposure or high-risk activity. Quarantine may be shortened to 7 days if you take a test and it is negative on day 5 or later. Please see the home quarantine instructions below for more detailed instructions and for specific guidance for children with close contact with a case at school.

Watch for symptoms for 14 days following exposure:

Stay away from others in your home

As much as possible, avoid being near others - especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

  • Stay in a separate room if you can.
  • When in the same room as others, everyone should wear face coverings. Open windows if it's safe to do so.
  • Do not prepare or serve food to others. Keep your own set of utensils, plates, towels, bedding, or other household items. Do not share them.

When to end quarantine

Unless directed otherwise by Public Health, you should quarantine at home for 10 days (or 7 days with a negative test on day 5 or later) and monitor your symptoms and wear a face covering for 14 days following an exposure.

The quarantine period may be shorter or longer in certain cases:

  • Employees in healthcare, rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities should consult their employer who should work with Public Health
  • Special precautions also apply to residents of long-term facilities


Last updated September 27, 2021

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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