Updated June 18, 2021

As the campus begins to reopen to in-person events and activities, we acknowledge there are many questions on how to proceed within the changing public health guidelines.  Even as the state moves to open the economy, public health and CalOSHA continue to change rapidly.  Gatherings may resume and authority and responsibility for events will shift to local units/departments, away from the Events & External Relations Sub-Committee.

When managing events, please take into consideration the following:

  • Central pre-approval of gatherings will no longer be required, instead, each department/division will be responsible for the adherence to all COVID-related requirements in effect when hosting a gathering.
  • Event hosts must keep fully up-to-date on evolving requirements. The key authorities during this pandemic are CA Dept of Public Health, the City of Berkeley Public Health, Cal/OSHA, the UC system, and campus.
  • Masking requirements are changing but are still in effect in our workplace.
  • Individual campus venues/buildings will open at varying dates between now and the start of the fall semester.  Do not assume that all venues/buildings are operationally prepared to host events; direct communication with each venue is important.
  • Individual campus venue/building managers also have discretion in implementing requirements to reduce risk and provide a comfortable experience within each venue/building.
  • Maintain strong communication with your guests.
  • Venue Managers and event holders may decide between these two options for face-coverings at their events and display signage with the chosen rule:
  1. If event guests are vaccinated they do not need to wear a mask, if they are not vaccinated then they must wear a mask, OR
  2. All event guests must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
  • All employees including student employees who are working at an event, must continue to mask until campus policy changes
  • You may not ask for vaccination status or symptom screen at an event due to privacy concerns that are not yet addressed by systems/process.
  • The longer you can wait to have your event, the more likely there will be more clarity about regulatory requirements and new social norms about this next phase of our response to the pandemic.
  • The Events and External Relations Committee continues to be a resource for those trying to plan events this summer. Contact us at: activitiesrecovery@berkeley.edu

When navigating through conversations, consider the following:  be flexible and don’t be surprised if changes are needed.