Emergency Regional Stay Home Order. Bay Area ICUs are near capacity. Stay home except for essential tasks. Keep errands short. Don't gather with anyone outside your household. Cancel plans for non-essential travel. Learn more.

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.

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 travel or 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

Quarantine after:

  • Exposure: You need to quarantine if you have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

    You are considered a "close contact" if you were within 6 feet of someone infectious with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. You may also be considered a close contact if you shared food or utensils with, had physical contact with, or were sneezed or coughed on by someone with COVID-19.

  • Travel: Traveling outside of the Bay Area, especially traveling by plane, bus, train, or other shared transportation, increases your chances of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others.

  • High-risk activities: It's a good idea to quarantine after attending a large gathering or spending time with people you don't live with, especially indoors or without masks.

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.

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 and monitor your symptoms for 14 days following an exposure.

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

  • Public Health may mandate a full 14-day quarantine in cases where there is particularly high risk, such as congregate living settings.
  • Healthcare workers and first responders may return to work after 7 days of quarantine if they are tested after the fifth day and receive a negative result.


Last updated December 22, 2020

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