Offices, gyms and more could soon drop face-covering requirements — but only if they follow strict guidelines.
The policy, designed to serve as “an on-ramp” to the statewide student vaccine mandate, was approved without a controversial proposed vaccination requirement for student-athletes.
Berkeley will end its mask requirement when the rest of Alameda County reaches low case rates and high vaccination levels.
Students in California will have to get the vaccine or enroll in independent study. The rule will apply to school staff, too.
The proposed rule requires students to get vaccinated or tested weekly and includes a controversial vaccine mandate for athletes and events.
Workers have until Nov. 15 to get vaccinated, unless they can claim a medical or religious exemption from the requirement.
The Berkeley school board will discuss a policy Wednesday that would require students to get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. A vote is not yet expected.
Workers at those businesses and several others will also be required either to get vaccinated or receive weekly COVID-19 tests.
The city started giving third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week to people with compromised immune systems.
All Berkeley teachers and staff will need to either get tested for COVID-19 weekly or present proof of vaccination as soon as Sept. 3. The state won’t require compliance until Oct. 15.
The proposed policy would require city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15. Exceptions to the mandate would be limited.
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