February 12, 2021 - Outdoor Recreation/Exercise Now Permitted During Self-Seq. + Virtual Activities

Sent to all students living in the residence halls on 02/12/21:


Dear residential student,

Thank you for continuing to stay vigilant during our self-sequestration period. Your participation in the self-sequester is helping us mitigate further spread while protecting our community. The self-sequester remains in effect until 11:59pm on Monday, February 15, 2021. 

New positive COVID-19 cases have slowed and as a result we are permitting some limited additional activities for students who are in self-sequester. If you are not in isolation or quarantine, then you may now leave your rooms and floors to recreate or exercise outside (i.e. getting fresh air, going for walks, etc.) between the hours of 7am and 6pm (these are daylight hours) as long as you continue to use face coverings and observe physical distancing.  In addition, Cal Athletics team members may now leave their rooms to practice as directed and monitored by Cal Athletics staff.

Please note that residents who are presently residing under quarantine or isolation  (those with orange or red badges) are not permitted to go outside pursuant to this directive. Those residents must remain in their designated spaces, and complete their quarantine/isolation period and follow UHS and Residential Hall staff directives before they can be released from quarantine/isolation.

For residential hall students self-sequestering:

  • This applies to outdoor activities. You should still avoid gathering inside. You must also continue to follow all other self-sequester requirements. 
  • Outside, you should continue to be physically distant. You may be physically distanced outside with your household grouping/“bubble.”
  • Inside, you are still directed to remain in your rooms.
  • In addition to leaving your room to recreate or exercise outside, you may leave your room: 
  • to obtain medical care, including mental health care
  • in case of emergency
    • to comply with your testing* requirements (*see a special note about a new testing site option at the end of this message)
    • to use the bathroom on your floor or that you have been assigned to, one at a time.
    • to obtain food from your nearby outdoor Cal Dining kiosk 
  • It’s important that you help slow the spread and avoid contact with people outside your household grouping/“bubble” and any crowded environment.

We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases and consult with public health officials and we will inform you if it is necessary to extend the self-sequester period beyond Monday. Please continue to monitor your email for updates. Every student should remember: with the surge in cases in the campus community, all students, on or off campus, must avoid large gatherings.

As we enter a holiday weekend, we wanted to offer some suggestions for how you can still engage with community and practice wellness this weekend: 

Our Berkeley Life blog has several recommendations of how you can Find Your Fun at Cal this semester: 

  • Rec Sports Online offers a large collection of free resources, virtual classes, and online videos. Everything from one-on-one coaching and fitness consultations to self-guided outdoor adventures and sports trivia night is available to students.
  • BAMPFA is still providing a full lineup of the ongoing online exhibitions and provides links for dozens of past and upcoming live-streamed performances, discussions, creative workshops. If you’ve already binged on Netflix and Hulu, take a look at their streaming film series, including a spotlight on the new Brazilian cinema, and East Meets West: Films of Ulrike Ottinger
  • You can experience UC Berkeley Botanical Garden’s virtually. View their virtual exhibitions or sign up for upcoming workshops artist studio visits. 

Browse virtual events happening this weekend on CalLink.

Stimulate your mind by browsing events and lectures happening this weekend. One event of particular note: the Department of African American Studies is welcoming novelist, poet, and activist Alice Walker on Monday, February 15.

Follow UC Berkeley Residential Life or the Residence Hall Assembly for virtual engagement opportunities across all of the residential halls.   

Connect with family and friends online or on the phone.

Remember that the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website continues to have resources available to you. You can call CAPS at (510) 642-9494, or call the after hours counseling line (855) 817-5667. Counselors are available for virtual counseling appointments by phone or video.  If you have questions about accessing available resources, even remotely or in places outside of California, UHS staff can assist you.


Anna Harte, MD
Medical Director
University Health Services

Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM
Assistant Vice Chancellor

Samuel Santos Jr.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Engagement

*P.S. Our Underhill Parking Garage Walk-thru testing site will be open on Monday, February 15 from 8am-12:00pm to be able to do your surveillance testing.