Health advisory: City of Berkeley recommends face coverings in indoor public places

July 16, 2021

Dear campus community, 

With COVID-19 cases rising locally, Bay Area county and City of Berkeley health authorities announced today that they 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. We will monitor this situation and advise you of any updates. 

Thank you, 

Catherine P. Koshland 

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost 

Marc Fisher

Vice Chancellor, Administration