COVID-19 Phase 4 Research Operations

April 16, 2021

On March 31, 2021 Alameda County and the City of Berkeley transitioned to the Orange (“Moderate”) Tier in the State Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Given low rates of COVID-19 cases among on-campus researchers and rising availability of vaccines in the community, campus leadership has approved additional on-campus research access under a new Phase 4.

Phase 4: Occupancy by Square Footage (1 person per 125 sq. ft.)

Starting Monday, April 19,  researchers across all disciplines can request access to their campus research spaces (labs, offices, research facilities) to conduct essential research that they are not able to successfully perform remotely. Phase 4 is moving from density to occupancy and will be based on square feet. Occupancy will be limited to no more than 1 person per 125 square feet in each room/enclosed space, as long as 6’ distancing can be maintained, and will be overseen by Building Oversight Committees. 

EH&S Research Ramp-Up Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

For COVID-19 Phase 4 occupancy guidelines for laboratories, download:

VC Research Phase 4 Guidelines for Faculty & Researchers

The former Vice Chancellor for Research, Randy Katz shared the Guidelines for Phase 4 Research Recovery.  These guidelines, along with associated forms, checklists and specialty-specific guidelines are posted on the VC Research COVID-19 website. Kathy Yelick is the new Vice Chancellor for Research.

The full Phase 4 guidelines from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research are available here.