Berkeley health officer issues emergency stay-at-home order

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According to an emergency stay-at-home order issued by Berkeley health officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez, Berkeley residents may not engage in gatherings outside of their households or travel outside of the region.

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City of Berkeley health officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez issued an emergency stay-at-home order Tuesday to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Berkeley residents will only be able to leave their homes for essential services, according to an Alameda County Nixle alert. The order, which will stay in effect until Jan. 4, prohibits gatherings outside of households and travel outside of the region.

The alert added that increasing cases have threatened hospital capacity.

“Wear a face covering, keep 6 feet apart from others, and wash/sanitize hands regularly,” the alert states. “The extremely high levels of transmission in our community right now make even previously low-risk activities unsafe.”

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