COVID-19 Info

For more detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid-19/ 

The following information is current as of January 20th. This website will be updated as needed. The City also maintains a COVID-19 dashboard, available here


Shelter in Place

Regional Health Officers will use local data to guide decisions on further easing of shelter-in-place restrictions. Specifically, they're tracking five indicators to measure progress in containing COVID-19 and ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to protect the community as we begin to reopen:

  1. Total number of cases and hospitalized patients is flat or decreasing
  2. Sufficient hospital capacity to meet the needs of our residents
  3. Sufficient viral detections tests are being conducted
  4. Sufficient case investigation, contact tracing, and isolation/quarantine capacity
  5. 30-day supply of personal protective equipment for all healthcare workers

These indicators are designed to provide measurable goals that will spur action on the part of the community at large, and complement the high-level metrics being tracked by the State of California.

Visit cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for more information on COVID-19, recommendations from Berkeley Public Health, and changes to City services. 

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January 20th Update: Sign Up to Learn When the Vaccine Is Available to You

With vaccine doses still limited nationwide, Berkeley Public Health is looking to vaccinate residents 75 and over as well as healthcare workers in the city who have not been able to get vaccinations through their health provider or workplace.

Those interested can sign up on a notification list, which will be used to prioritize vaccinations through the City of Berkeley or one of several community partners. People who are not part of a group currently being vaccinated can sign up to be notified when eligibility expands, or when appointments become broadly available. 

Sign up for the City of Berkeley Vaccine Interest List.

These vaccinations administered by the City align with state guidelines, which prioritize those most at risk of infection or serious COVID-19 illness. While national vaccine supply is low, the City's vaccinations also fill in gaps and identify many not vaccinated by health care providers or medical workplaces.

Those with a medical provider, such as Kaiser or Sutter Health, should sign up with them.

Vaccines are being distributed through multiple channels

People at high-risk of infection or serious illness have been getting vaccines through multiple channels. 

  • Hospital systems, such as the Berkeley campus of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, get vaccines directly from the state to administer to staff and patients. 
  • A federal program using CVS/Walgreens vaccinates residents of participating skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar congregate  care settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals  
  • University Health Services, the health service for UC Berkeley, operates across multiple jurisdictions and administers its own limited supply. 
  • Many health care workers who live or work in the City are vaccinated through their employer.
  • Most people with health care are expected to get vaccinated through their medical provider.

Large health care providers, such as Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, receive their own supply of vaccine from the state and are beginning to schedule appointments for members 75 or older:

  • Sutter Health patients who are healthcare workers or age 75 and older can schedule appointments through their website or by calling (844) 987-6115.
  • Kaiser Permanente has stated they will contact members who are 75 or older directly when appointments are available. Kaiser Permanente members who are health care workers, emergency medical service providers, or long term care patients can schedule an e-visit to request a vaccine appointment.

Everyone will get the vaccine eventually, but it will take time.

These highly effective vaccines are free to all. As federal supplies eventually increase, COVID-19 vaccines will also be available to all.

Berkeley Public Health has thus far requested the maximum. Of the 1,100 doses received by the City, 1,013 -- or 92 percent -- have been administered using re-assigned City staff across all City departments.

The current two vaccines -- Moderna and Pfizer - are for adults and each require two doses to have roughly 95 percent efficacy.

All tools needed to end the pandemic

Each vaccination helps build up our resilience to the virus, even as it still kills thousands across the nation.

The vaccine is not a panacea. We need to use all the tools the CDC has identified to fight this pandemic. We all - even those who are vaccinated - need to wear masks and avoid gatherings. Many people remain vulnerable.

Each time someone wears a mask, avoids a gathering, keeps distance from other households or gets a vaccine, they help protect our community.

Learn from your health care provider how they are scheduling vaccinations. If you would like to receive information from the City of Berkeley as eligibility expands or appointments become available, sign up for our notification list.

 

December 5th Health Order Update- City, Region Move Faster to Adopt State's Temporary Restrictions

A surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations is pushing six Bay Area Health Officers to quickly align with new State orders limiting certain activities that could further escalate the already rapid spread of the virus.

In Alameda County alone, the number of people hospitalized countywide for COVID-19 has almost quadrupled over the past 7 weeks, from 52 to 206. The virus’s explosive growth, even without including an anticipated surge due to Thanksgiving gatherings, will further endanger the region unless collective action is taken.

The emergency, temporary measures outlined in the state order affect industries ranging from restaurants, which will be limited to take-out and delivery, to hair salons and personal care services, which will have to close. Everyone who can telecommute must do so to protect those who cannot.

These orders, which go into effect in Berkeley early Monday. December 7, also require every household to take steps: stay home as much as possible, choose low-risk activities when you do go out and limit how many of those you do. Face coverings and physical distancing remain crucial. You should not meet in person with anyone you don't live with - even a small group, even outdoors with precautions.

“We must act swiftly to save as many lives as we can,” said Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez, the City of Berkeley Health Officer. “Each of us can fight the spread. Keep your family safe by avoiding even small gatherings outside of your household and not traveling. End of year gatherings are traditionally precious, but this year they could lead to sickness and worse.”

“Show all your loved ones your care by only celebrating with your own household.”

Temporary closures outlined in state rules

Local orders will last for four weeks, starting at 12:01am on Monday December 7 and ending at 11:59pm on January 4 in both Berkeley and the rest of Alameda County. The counties of Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara are also adopting the state rules on this accelerated pace.

The temporary closures include the following:

  • outdoor dining (take-out, pick-up, and delivery would still be permitted)
  • indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • indoor recreational facilities
  • hair salons, barbershops and personal care services
  • museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • movie theaters
  • wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • family entertainment centers, cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services not included in critical infrastructure

Temporary limits to other sectors

The following sectors will need to implement additional modifications and ensure 100 percent masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: permitted only without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Overnight stays at campgrounds prohibited.
  • Retail and shopping centers: indoor operations permitted at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores.
  • Hotels and lodging: accepting reservations for non-essential out of state travel prohibited.
  • Offices: remote only, except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Only outdoor services permitted.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: operation permitted without live audiences.

Permitted to continue operating under state’s Regional Stay-At-Home-Order

The following sectors may remain open when a remote option is not possible, with appropriate COVID-19 preventative measures including ensuring 100 percent masking and physical distancing:

Quarantine urged for out of state travelers and their contacts

Anyone who travels out of the region – or who gathers with a traveler from outside the region – is strongly urged to quarantine for 14 days.

There is a high likelihood that travelers at this time will be exposed to COVID-19 and would bring it back to our community.

Gatherings with other households on temporary hold

All gatherings with members of other households are prohibited in the City of Berkeley, with limited exceptions:

  • Schools that are open and childcare providers may continue to operate.
  • Outdoor religious and cultural ceremonies may also continue.

Both of the above exceptions have specific restrictions, which people should examine in the City of Berkeley Health Order.

If you had a social bubble, COVID-19 has now popped it.

Being in community gives us meaning. For the next month, we are now tasked with finding ways to do so without being physically together. This easily spreading virus lurks among us at an unprecedented level, making even small, outdoor, masked gatherings unsafe.

“COVID-19 is posing its most dangerous threat yet in the pandemic,” said Dr. Hernandez. “Immediate, drastic action is needed to prevent our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. We hope that these emergency measures combined with a rising tide of individual actions that prevent spread can save lives and allow businesses and activities to re-open much sooner.”

Links

Joint press conference from Bay Area Health Officers announcing immediate implementation of State Regional Stay at Home Order, December 4, 2020

 

November 17th Health Order Update- As Cases Surge, State Restricts Indoor Activities in Berkeley and Throughout State 

State officials, noting a surge in COVID-19 cases locally, moved Berkeley and the rest of Alameda County into the more restrictive tier that requires certain businesses to only operate outdoors.

The new restrictions reflect some truths about the virus that can be used by everyone: half of all COVID-19 cases are believed to be unknowingly spread by those who feel fine; face coverings are powerful; and the virus more easily spreads indoors.

That also means we each hold tools to slow the spread.

  • Everyone should always do the essentials: 
    • stay home when sick 
    • wear face coverings 
    • wash hands frequently
    • keep physical distance with those not in your household and 
    • get a flu vaccine.
  • When leaving the safety of home, use three questions to help assess and choose lower risk activities: Where will you go? Who will attend? What will happen?
  • Budget your risk by being selective about what activities you choose to do and forgo others.

These questions should guide you to limit activities within a small, stable group of no more than 20 people that meets outdoors and uses both face coverings and distance when with 3 or fewer households.

These questions should also help you avoid confined spaces, crowds and close contact with those outside your household.

"California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet - faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer," Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that placed 41 of the state's 58 counties in the most restrictive, "Purple" tier. "The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes."

Restricting indoor activities that mix multiple households

The state decision, which is reflected in a new City of Berkeley Health Order effective Nov. 18, prohibits certain indoor activities while allowing others to operate with capacity limits and other restrictions.

The following businesses must only operate outdoors: restaurants, wineries, museums, galleries, botanical gardens, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, exhibition spaces, gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, yoga centers, churches, swimming pools.

State law will allow certain industries to remain open indoors, but limited to 25 percent capacity: retail stores, shopping centers, strip malls.

Grocery stores and convenience stores can open at 50 percent capacity. 

Many businesses that operate indoors using restrictions - from nail salons to barbers - will remain open, but will need to continue to use the City's Health Order and state guidance, such as one for personal care services. See what's open or closed in Berkeley.

All TK-12 schools were given the option to open in Berkeley. The state decision means that schools currently teaching students in person may continue to do so. Effective November 18, those schools that have not yet opened will not be allowed to start doing so except for state-defined "cohorts,"  -- small-group, in-person services in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments.

Without action, surge in cases forebodes much worse

The rate of growth is a critical metric for COVID-19, which spreads quickly unless people improve behaviors or restrictions are imposed. In the nation, state and even locally, the data shows a dramatic rise.

Cases statewide doubled in the last ten days. In addition, from November 1-7, cases increased by 51.3 percent over the previous seven-day period. That's the fastest growth since the pandemic began, Newsom said. 

In Berkeley, the new case rate per 100,000 people over 7 days in late October was 0.7 cases. Last week, it reached 5.6 cases per 100,000. The state as a whole on Nov. 17 was at 16.5 new cases per 100,000.   Of Berkeley's 916 cases since the start of the pandemic, 111 were reported in the last two weeks. One million of the nation's 11 million cases were reported in the last week.

"With cases surging, we face a critical threat to our community, region and state as a whole," said Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez, Berkeley's Health Officer. "These state restrictions limit some high-risk environments for spread. But our own actions have a huge impact."

"Each of us must take immediate steps," said Hernandez. "To drive down infection rates now, we all must limit gatherings, wear face coverings, use physical distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick."


October 14th Health Order Update - As the rate of COVID-19 spread slows, more public activities to open with restrictions
Smart choices and good habits reduce risk

Collective actions taken by people in Berkeley and Alameda County along with diligent public health work have led to decreasing daily COVID-19 case rates and lower test positivity -- metrics that mean that other public activities using safeguards will be allowed in the coming weeks.

This marks the second consecutive month in which those key state measurements have gone down, allowing the City and County to plan to open additional activities in a phased manner that minimizes potential for a surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Elementary schools, personal care services, gyms and indoor museums and galleries can already open with restrictions, aligning with the state. Berkeley’s Health Officer will also over the coming weeks allow opening of several public activities permitted by the state.

Playgrounds can open Friday Oct. 16, though the City will be inspecting each of its more than 60 playgrounds before announcing openings. Other activities may open with restrictions starting Oct. 26:

  • Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
  • Indoor worship services up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
  • Indoor movie theaters up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
  • Expansion of indoor retail and malls at up to 50% of capacity and permitting food courts

Just because an activity is permitted doesn’t eliminate risk of infection. In fact, we know that indoor activities pose greater risk of transmission than outdoor ones. Shared, high-touch surfaces remain a potential source of exposure. People age 60 and over or those with underlying health conditions remain at greater risk of severe illness.

“COVID-19 remains a threat, so each person will need to evaluate their own risks and assess which activities they would like to prioritize and participate in,” said Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez, the City of Berkeley Health Officer. “Developing good habits and making good choices collectively allow us to advance together."

Good habits and smart choices reduce risk
Everyone should ask three questions when considering a public activity. Instead of doing all public activities, budget your risk by prioritizing which ones are the most important and forgoing others.

While making tradeoffs to choose activities, everyone should always do the essentials: stay home when sick, wear face coverings, wash hands frequently, and keep physical distance with those not in your household. Get a flu shot.

Businesses can now serve more people outside, as the City has streamlined permitting processes and significantly expanded the range of allowed outdoor activities on both public and private property. See our outdoor commerce guide for assistance.

Playgrounds to open, but risk remains
Playgrounds may open on Friday Oct. 16 in compliance with the requirements in the State’s guidance. But parents and guardians will need to be conscious of the risk, and, if they choose to have their children use them, take steps to reduce those risks. They include:

  • Keeping face coverings on anyone over the age of 2
  • Using playgrounds only when 6 feet of distance or a capacity limit is met
  • Consider alternate, less busy times
  • Don’t eat or drink while at playgrounds
  • Washing or sanitizing hands before and after use
  • Limiting use to 30 minutes
  • Avoiding coming to playgrounds if you are over age 60 or have underlying health conditions that put you at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

“I am hopeful that the strong practices our community has embraced will continue to move us forward," said Dr. Hernandez. "We cannot control the virus, but the actions we do control have an impact and help open up more activities for us all."


September 2nd Health Order Update - AS NEW ACTIVITIES ARE ALLOWED, LIMIT WHAT YOU DO TO LOWER YOUR RISK. 

When you pick one activity, consider what you will forego.

Manage your COVID-19 risk so that for each permitted activity you do, you sacrifice another.

If this is the week you choose to get your haircut at a salon, you might instead choose to postpone dining outdoors, get takeout or cook at home. You might choose to give more time between visits to the grocery store or bank.

Each activity adds risk, and by framing your activities in terms of trade offs, you can lower your risk level. For those over 60 years old or with underlying health conditions, choose fewer activities to more tightly manage your risk.

"There are now more options at the buffet of activities," said Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez, Berkeley's Health Officer. "But, in terms of physical proximity with others, COVID-19 still forces us on a distancing diet. Don't go for everything on the table."

While budgeting risk, maintain daily habits

While making tradeoffs to choose activities, everyone should always do the essentials:  stay home when sick, wear face coverings, wash hands frequently, and keep physical distance with those not in your household.

When leaving the safety of home, use three questions to help assess the risk of a particular activity: Where will you go? Who will attend? What will happen?

These questions should guide you to limit activities within a small, stable group of no more than 12 people that meets outdoors and uses both face coverings and distance when with other households.

These questions should also help you avoid confined spaces, crowds and close contact with those outside your household.

No one should choose to do all available activities. Budget your choices. When new options arise, such as indoor haircuts allowed by a new health order to start on Friday Sept. 4, choose what other activities you will forego.

See Appendix A of the Health Order for a list of all available activities.

Trade-offs enable more options, increase community resilience

The vast majority of people in Berkeley appear to be wearing face coverings. Merchants throughout the City have implemented safety measures. These trade-offs and implemented safety measures accumulate, lessening risk for individuals and for our community as a whole.

This measured approach to risk not only reduces an individual's chance of getting the virus, it also limits spread if you or others get infected.

Budgeting risk and limiting activities makes it easier for contact tracers to find others who may have had close contact to an infected person. Once they are quarantined, that further limits spread.

If your child is on a soccer team, consider giving up something else. Instead of getting a haircut, pedicure and manicure, choose one.

We want more activities to be allowed. When schools reopen, families should choose to restrict other activities -- and such a change would not open the door for more socializing among kids.


August 21: New outdoor activities to be permitted with restrictions: pools, barbers, wine tasting

Certain outdoor activities -- from pools to hair cuts -- will be allowed to open next week using COVID-19 safeguards, measures that reduce risk for lower-contact, limited duration activities during a pandemic.

Increased sanitation, limits on the total number of people, the use of appointments, verbal screening for symptoms and protective equipment are some of the required measures used for various activities permitted by a new City of Berkeley Health Officer Order, which will go into effect at 8am on Friday, August 28.

The new Health Order allows the following activities, with restrictions:

  • Outdoor pools
  • Outdoor personal care services
  • Small, outdoor practices for school and college sports
  • Live-streamed and live entertainment at vehicle-based gatherings
  • Outdoor wine tasting
  • Even as new activities are allowed, caution remains. There is still no effective treatment nor vaccine for COVID-19 disease. Alameda County as a whole, which includes Berkeley as an independent health jurisdiction, remains on a state monitoring list due to case rate and hospitalizations.

“This untreatable virus remains a threat,” said City of Berkeley Health Officer Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez. “Every person and every household should weigh even these newly permitted activities through the lens of risk -- and what they are comfortable with.”

Safeguards every person should take:

Dr. Hernandez urges everyone to continue to take precautions:

  • Your home is still the safest place to be, especially for those at high risk
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water - or use hand sanitizer as a last resort
  • Keep six feet apart from those outside your household
  • Wear a face covering when you go out
  • Hair salons, barbershops, and other personal care services

The updated order allows certain personal care services to resume, including haircuts, manicures, waxing, and massage. Providers must perform these services outdoors and follow guidance for outdoor personal care from the California Department of Public Health. 

All personal care services must be offered by appointment only, with time reserved for cleaning and disinfecting service areas between customers. Providers are required to call customers in advance of their appointments to confirm they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and remind them to come to their appointment alone.

Both the provider and customer must wear face coverings during the appointment.

Services that would place providers in close contact with a customer’s face or require removal of face coverings - such as eyebrow waxing and threading, eyelash treatments, facials, and removal of facial hair - are still prohibited.

Outdoor swimming pools

Operators of outdoor swimming pools may also reopen, but must:

  • Limit number of swimmers in shared areas
  • Have at least one additional person, beyond a lifeguard, on duty at all times to ensure compliance with the order
  • Have sign-up or reservations to stagger use when in residential complexes with unstaffed pools. Reservations and sign-ups are encouraged, but not required, for staffed pools
  • Use social distancing measures, such as closing showers, locker rooms, and saunas and limiting elements that encourage poolside gathering, such as tables and chairs
  • Require face coverings when not swimming
  • Close water slides, water rides or other attractions
  • City of Berkeley pools will be opening no sooner than Sept. 14.

Outdoor vehicle based gatherings with live entertainment

Live performances will be allowed outdoors at vehicle-based gatherings. 

  • Events can have no more than 12 personnel on site, including only the staff and performers essential to carry out the event, which can include live-streaming.
  • Performers speaking, singing, or playing wind or brass instruments must be in an isolation booth and separated from others performers while speaking, singing, or playing instruments. Performers speaking, singing, or playing wind or brass instruments in an isolation booth are exempt from the Face Covering Order while performing.
  • All other performers must wear a face covering at all times. All performers must keep a minimum of eight feet of distance from others.

Outdoor Wine Tasting

Wineries may conduct outdoor wine tastings that follow state guidelines as well as the following restrictions:

  • Tastings must be by appointment only
  • Beverages must be poured by staff, who should avoid touching patrons’ glasses or bottles
  • Facilities must discontinue use of communal dump buckets, spit buckets, or other such vessels, and must provide patrons with individual, disposable containers to avoid splash contamination between guests.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when drinking or eating.
  • All indoor areas of the winery must be closed to the public, except to allow access to restrooms, hand washing facilities, quick pickup of food or other goods, or as necessary to access outdoor tasting areas. All indoor seating areas must be closed.
  • Everyone has a role in keeping our community safe

Increased activities and movements will lead to more COVID-19 cases. Doing so in a gradual fashion with lower-risk activities and new safeguards lessens the impact and allows health officials to monitor the effects of each phase.


June 18th Health Order: Allows Outdoor Dining, Retail, Religious and Fitness Activities -- but Caution Urged

Parallel health orders in effect on Friday June 19 allow people in Berkeley and the rest of Alameda County to attend religious ceremonies, dine with others in their “social bubble” at restaurants with outdoor seating, and go inside retail stores.

The orders will also allow groups of 12 to take part in outdoor non-contact fitness classes and non-contact athletic training for college teams. A previous order allowed children to have both a household bubble as well as a bubble for extracurricular activities, such as sports.

Each business or group will be required to put measures into place to limit spread of COVID-19, which has no vaccine or proven medical treatment and is particularly lethal to those over 65 and those with high-risk conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease.

Dr. Hernandez and other health officials recommend that everyone should take these steps during this pandemic:

  • Staying home remains the safest place to be, especially for vulnerable groups
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water -- or hand sanitizer as a last resort
  • Keep six feet apart from those outside your household
  • Wear a face covering when outside
  • If worried about infection, get tested -- regardless of symptoms. 

Everyone should assess the risks for themselves or their households when taking part in additional activities. Reduce risk by being outdoors, having shorter activities, and using merchants that visibly abide by protocols.

The rules being put into place by the two Public Health jurisdictions closely align with state guidance. Merchants should see our streamlined process for getting permits for commerce in sidewalks and streets and for creating parklets.

Retail Stores

All retail stores are now allowed to operate as long as they follow guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. They are encouraged to make goods available for curbside pickup.

Retailers operating indoors must have enough space so that patrons and staff can be six feet apart and no more than 50 percent of normal occupancy.

All stores must make reasonable efforts to ensure that staff and customers wear face coverings, and comply with social distancing intervals, such as marking six foot intervals for customers to stand in line at pickup areas.

Stores may move goods outside for display or sale -- as long as they get appropriate City permits and do not cause congestion or block the path of travel.

Merchants must also comply with state guidance for retailers. 

Outdoor Dining

Restaurants can now serve sit-down meals outside as long as they have the required City permits and follow state guidance. Groups of six people who are part of a social bubble together can go out for a meal together and must wear masks, except when eating.

Tables and lounge areas must be arranged so that there is at least six feet between people of different social bubbles. Entertainment is not allowed.

Restaurants that have been closed for at least a month will have to comply with a number of regulations, the specifics of which can be seen in the order.

All restaurants must sanitize areas that have not been used, post their Site-Specific Protection Protocol,  follow the state General Checklist for Dine-in Restaurants, and designate a COVID-19 supervisor, who is on site during business hours and in charge to ensure the implementation of the food facilities’ Site-Specific Protection Plan.

Lines for curbside pickup or takeaway must be in a separate area that prevents them from accessing the outdoor dining area.

Please see the full Health Order for details.

Places of Worship

Mosques, churches, temples and other places of worship may hold in-person religious services and cultural ceremonies as long as they follow state guidance. Livestreaming services are still encouraged as in-person religious services and cultural ceremonies can involve extended periods of close contact -- increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Services or ceremonies may not exceed 100 attendees or 25 percent of the building’s capacity, whichever is less. Organizers should consider keeping contact information for event attendees for 21 days. That would allow city, county or regional contact tracers to reach people should an outbreak occur in these settings.

Non-contact outdoor fitness classes and college sports training

College sports teams as well as outdoor fitness classes can now hold non-contact practices or classes, respectively, in groups of 12 athletes or participants.  One coach or instructor may also be present.

Everyone must wear a face covering, except when participating in high-intensity aerobic activities. Participants must keep at least six feet apart at all times. No equipment may be shared and should be sanitized after each practice, class or use.

Class operators must get permission from private owners or managers of the outdoor space. Locker rooms, weight rooms, or other indoor facilities may not be used at this time.

Everyone has a role in keeping our community safe

Increased activities and movements will lead to more COVID-19 cases. Doing so in a gradual fashion lessens the impact and allows health officials to monitor the effects of each phase.

City of Berkeley COVID-19 Tests

Tests are by appointment only. Make an appointment online to be tested at the State of California testing site in south Berkeley.

You'll need to complete a brief questionnaire and create an account. When you've completed your registration, you will receive a patient ID number. You'll need this number to log in and schedule your test.

After logging in, you can make an appointment in Berkeley or at any other State testing facility. The test site is located at:

SCHEDULE A TEST

MLK, Jr. Youth Services Center
1730 Oregon St.
Berkeley, CA 94703

You can also register by phone. Call 888-634-1123.

Wear a face covering when you visit the test site.


Eviction Protections

If you are struggling to pay rent due to COVID-19, you are protected by Berkeley’s emergency eviction moratorium–but you must notify your landlord no more than 7 days after your rent is due. A template is available here. More information is available here.


Relief for Local Businesses and Organizations

The Berkeley Relief Fund has awarded $1.7 million to 352 businesses and 47 arts organizations to help them withstand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Berkeleyside wrote an article about the allocation that can be read about here. There is going to be another round of funding available for arts and businesses so stayed tuned for more information.  If you would like to contribute to the Berkeley Relief Fund, you can make a donation on the website. 


Food Assistance

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Berkeley Food Network

Berkeley Food Pantry

Help Berkeley


How to Help

Donate Masks, Gloves, Hygiene Supplies, Goggles, New Thermometers, etc.

If you have personal protective equipment to donate to our firefighters, nurses, police, and others on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, please fill out this form. For more information, click here.

Donate Blood

You can donate blood at 6230 Claremont Ave. In Oakland. Please check with the Red Cross website to see if appointments are available before visiting. 

Help Vulnerable Members of Our Community

A few neighborhood groups have created websites to help high risk neighbors in need by pairing them with lower-risk individuals (please keep in mind that everyone is at risk). Please visit berkeleymutualaid.org if you would like to volunteer or need help. Another nonprofit aimed towards helping vulnerable people is Helping Hands

Support Nonprofits and Berkeley Businesses and Arts Organizations

Donate to the Berkeley Relief Fund. We will be doing another round of funding applications. 

Support Healthcare Workers

East Bay FeedER helps feed individuals working in hospitals.