Berkeley health officials are allowing more public activities indoors and outdoors beginning Friday because COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates have been stable, city officials said Thursday.

The new rules go in to effect at 8 a.m. following a revised health order.

Indoor dining, indoor worship services, indoor movie theaters and indoor family entertainment centers can all open at 25 percent capacity or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is less, according to city officials.

Some previously open activities will now be able to accommodate more people. Indoor retail stores and malls can open at 50 percent capacity.

Indoor gyms and fitness centers can open at 25 percent capacity and indoor weddings and funerals can accommodate up to 100 people or open at 25 percent capacity. Singing and chanting continue to be prohibited at worship services as well as weddings and funerals, according to city officials.

Twenty students and two instructors can participate in non-contact outdoor fitness classes.

Performances that are livestreamed or recorded are now allowed indoors with some restrictions, city officials said. Also, with some restrictions, health officials are allowing music, film and television production indoors and outdoors.

Neither indoor nor outdoor live performances are allowed yet.

Even though more indoor activities are allowed, businesses that can serve people outdoors are encouraged to maximize that opportunity.

Business must comply with state guidance, which can be found at: and city guidance, which can be found in Appendix A at:

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.