State announces plans to fully reopen June 15
This week, the state of California announced that on June 15, “all industries across the state can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations.”
The Recovery Management Team is actively considering what this will mean for UC Berkeley and will task 13 committees with developing recommendations. The committees will look at topics ranging from instruction and research to workforce and events. Even if more of the campus is able to open on June 15, those who are able to work from home may continue to plan to do so through at least June 30, as previously announced.
It’s important to note that the state plan is contingent upon continued diligence between now and June 15. The next 67 days will be critical to ensuring the reopening can move forward. You’re urged to continue adhering to all public health guidelines and to get vaccinated as soon as you’re able.
Updates on campus plans will be shared in this newsletter as they become available.
CDC eases travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people
The CDC has updated its recommendations for fully vaccinated people. As of April 2:
Fully vaccinated people can resume domestic travel and do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
Fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) or self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
For information about UC Berkeley-related travel directives, see the travel page on the campus coronavirus site.
CDC deemphasizes cleaning in updated guidance
It’s now known that the principal mode by which people are infected with the coronavirus is through exposure to respiratory droplets. According to updated guidance from the CDC, in most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. That’s why they’re now saying that once-daily cleaning is usually enough when no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space.
Video: Herd immunity, explained
Watch the following one-minute video to learn what it means to achieve herd immunity, and why it’s so important.