Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – 2 p.m.

With cases of COVID-19 falling, the city of Berkeley and the rest of Alameda County will move to the less restrictive red “substantial” tier starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10. Under the red tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, most restrictions remain in effect but some additional businesses will be allowed to reopen or to expand capacity.

The majority of UC Berkeley operations remain unchanged. In research, two permissions that were suspended in December will now be allowed again: 1) research involving human subjects not affiliated with UC Berkeley may resume, and 2) Phase 3 laboratory density management plans approved since Dec. 3 may be implemented. Any other changes will be posted to the campus coronavirus site and announced in the Response and Recovery newsletter.

Even if you have been vaccinated, you’re still required to wear a face covering, get tested, show your badge for entrance to campus facilities, and comply with all other requirements for working on campus until stated otherwise. These guidelines, as well as emerging evidence and the latest CDC guidance, are currently under review and any updates will be announced in the Response and Recovery newsletter.

It’s important for all members of the campus community to remain vigilant and to follow all public health guidelines to avoid another surge in cases in the short-term.

  • Wear your mask.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Add CA Notify to your phone.
  • Get tested regularly.
  • When eligible, get vaccinated.