Friday, July 16, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.

With COVID-19 cases rising locally, Bay Area county and City of Berkeley health authorities announced Friday that they are again recommending that everyone resume wearing face coverings while in indoor public places like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers regardless of vaccination status to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all.

In light of this guidance, campus units are authorized to require that face coverings be worn in indoor facilities that serve students and/or the general public. As has been previously communicated, vaccinated employees may choose to wear a face covering at any time.

The advisory does not recommend changes to the campus face covering requirements for employees generally because the campus is an employer that verifies vaccination status.

The City of Berkeley Health Advisory can be read here.