The city is closing its basketball courts and tot lots and working to set up eight new trailers where homeless people who are infected with COVID-19 can get medical help without putting other campers in danger.
City workers also knocked on tents and talked to people to hand out 560 kits with hand sanitizer and information about COVID-19.
The emergency shelter, which is open until April, offers free Wi-Fi, plenty of places to charge phones, indoor toilets, hot breakfasts and storage.
The campus conducted a massive earthquake drill Friday morning.
A tent-cabin village and a pet-friendly shelter are included in Mayor Jesse Arreguín and Councilwoman Sophie Hahn’s plan to address Berkeley’s growing homeless population.
The new shelter has storage space, bike racks and takes dogs. Berkeleyside spoke to some of its clients, as well as to others who won’t use shelters.