COVID-19 resources and support

Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 a.m. [Updated]

All residents of Alameda County, and most other counties across the state, are ordered to stop all non-essential work and gatherings between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., beginning Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. The statewide order applies to residents of counties in the purple "widespread" tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, including Alameda County where UC Berkeley is located. The order remains in effect until 5 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, and may be extended or revised as needed.

The order makes an exception for essential workers carrying out their duties. This includes UC Berkeley employees who have been authorized to work on campus. Please carry your "Shelter in Place Exemption Letter" and Cal 1 Card when traveling to and from work during the curfew. A copy of your letter can be accessed via the People Cards section of the Regional Portal. Click on your name and then "Auth Letter."

In a statement clarifying the order (PDF), Alameda County explained that "this order does not prevent restaurants from operating after 10 p.m. for takeout and does not prevent people from going to the grocery store or pharmacy for essential needs, or walking their dog in their neighborhood. The order also provides that it does not prevent members of the same household from leaving their residences together, as long as they do not intermingle with others while out."

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m.

In accordance with the new public health order issued by the city of Berkeley, the Recreational Sports Facility will be closed effective Wednesday, Nov. 18. The city order states that dining, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship are no longer permitted indoors, but may continue to operate outside.

Monday, Nov. 16, 11 p.m.

The city of Berkeley plans to release an updated COVID-19 health order on Tuesday, Nov. 17 that imposes new restrictions on allowed activities. The order will align local rules with new State of California restrictions that place Berkeley in the "purple" - or most restrictive - tier of the statewide COVID-19 framework. Several business sectors will be required to close or modify operations starting Wednesday, Nov. 18 to align with statewide purple tier rules.

UC Berkeley will be reviewing the new orders closely and announcing any changes to operations as quickly as possible.

Illustration of bear wearing a mask.

Bears wear masks

You're required to cover your nose and mouth at all times when on the UC Berkeley campus and in the surrounding community.

Illustration of bear washing its paws with soap and water.

Bears wash paws

Frequent handwashing with soap and water is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Illustration of two bears with a line indicating they are 6 feet apart.

Bears protect bears

Stay at least six feet away from others - even when wearing a face covering.