UC Berkeley announces plans to return to in-person instruction Jan. 31

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After starting the spring 2022 semester remotely, UC Berkeley will return to in-person instruction Jan. 31.

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UC Berkeley will resume in-person instruction Monday, Jan. 31, following two weeks of remote instruction, which began the spring 2022 academic semester, according to a campuswide email sent by Chancellor Carol Christ on Tuesday.

Christ added that while the administration is hopeful that “the worst” of the omicron surge is over, UC Berkeley has plans should a large portion of the campus community find itself unable to come on campus due to COVID-19 complications.

“We recognize that some of you are nervous about coming back to campus,” Christ said in the email. “Others of you are frustrated that you’re not already in the classroom. This pandemic has presented a series of impossible challenges with often unsatisfying answers.”

The email also reiterates that campus community members are required to receive a booster shot as soon as eligible and to update eTang records once a booster shot has been obtained.

Face coverings will remain a requirement while indoors on campus, with campus employees being required to wear N95, KN95, KF94 or surgical masks, according to the announcement.

“We continue to let science and public health expertise guide our decision-making,” Christ said in the email. “We ask that you continue to extend grace to one another as we navigate these next few weeks together and hope that you can join us in finding excitement in being back together again.”

Christopher Ying is the city news editor Contact him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter at @ChrisYingg.