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Meeting & Event Reopening Guidance Discussion - Shared screen with speaker view
Jeffrey Church
09:52
Hello All, seems like there are issues with the agenda not coming up, let me change the format
Jeffrey Church
12:55
https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Jeffrey Church
13:02
https://calodging.com/sites/default/files/inline-documents/covid-19/guidance-private-events--en.pdf
Jeffrey Church
13:09
https://calodging.com/sites/default/files/inline-documents/covid-19/guidance-live-performances-indoor--en.pdf
Eleanor Hollander - CoB
17:35
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19/whats-open/
Eleanor Hollander - CoB
18:01
Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.
Jeffrey Church
19:43
https://calodging.com/resources/member-resources/clean-safe-guidance-meetings-events
John Caner
20:08
Can Dr. Hernandez explain what will happen on June 15, if the state meets benchmarks, and Governor opens the state? If Alameda County is higher than state average, will there be more restrictive regulations in Alameda County?
Jen Graham
20:47
Those number allowances are based on how big of a space?
Nikole Halaka - VIsit Berkeley
24:14
For indoor events in the orange tier - up to 50% of venue capacity. Let me double check the outdoor space.
Chris Ullsperger
24:50
Jen —my understanding is that the number allowances are not based on size of space (which is a bit …. odd). The restrictions based on size really arise from the distancing requirements that are mandatory within the venue (you won’t be able to maintain distance if you squeeze too many people in). Again, just my reading of the rules … The weirdest thing about this, of course, is that “distance” isn’t the issue so much as how much talking is going on. Quiet silent people are safer than loud people who are creating more droplets.
Deepak Sharma
24:59
I know commencement is taking place in a couple weeks in person. That might be a good way to see how our ideas can be piloted.
Eleanor Hollander - CoB
25:57
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covax/
Chris Ullsperger
26:42
I’m not making any plans around June 15.
Eleanor Hollander - CoB
26:44
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19/whats-open/#changes
Jen Graham
27:03
Thank you Chris. Is there some place where I can find more specific information on this for indoor spaces? I am asking about a teaching kitchen where people will be moving around and talking.
Nikole Halaka - VIsit Berkeley
29:10
Jen - the best places to look are the Blueprint for Safer Economy as well as the CA Hotel Lodging & Association website. Although, I am not seeing an % for outdoor venues just indoor. Which is 50% of the venue capacity.
Jeffrey Church
29:37
ongoing guidance around youth in our spaces without their vaccination but with adults vaccinated.
Erik Bigglestone
29:45
And as I understand it, capacity is measured by both square footage and usage. Capacity for theater seating is lower than standing capacity, for example. Is that right?
Chris Ullsperger
30:11
Hi Jen — This is a big issue for me as well. The industry guidance “help sheets” do not do a great job of setting out ALL of the mandatory requirements in one easy-to-read place. It would be great if someone at the City (or anybody else) could put together the information in a more readable and easy to understand manner.
Jen Graham
30:20
Nikole - Thank you
Rebecca Johnson (she/her)
30:41
We have the same questions - thank you - on the same day, can adults and youth be in the same studio/practice room and/or at the same time? (Like having a parent/child dance class)
Nikole Halaka - VIsit Berkeley
31:28
Chris - we are working on a document that will outline info as best as possible. We have a lot of it done already just need to update it. Coming soon.
Jen Graham
31:29
Chris - Agreed
Chris Ullsperger
32:23
@Erik I’m not sure that’s true. Legal apacity for a seated theatre-type venue is typically larger than legal capacity for a venue where people are free to move around or where there is mixed use (e.g., tables for eating).
Chris Ullsperger
32:41
@Nikole — That would be great!
Chris Ullsperger
35:35
Is there any roadblock to getting vaccinated in Berkeley at the moment? I’m surprised the rates are so low.
Airdri Stoddart (she/her)
35:49
For support personnel who are working at event venues (like audio visual staff) can you confirm whether Cal /OSHA guidelines re: work health and safety must be followed, ie 6 ft' spacing between people, etc.?
Erik Bigglestone
38:27
@Chris - Thanks for setting me straight on that! I think the main issue I'm raising is that occupancy differs depending on the type of event, so does the flat percentage (e.g., 50%) apply to whatever that is?
Airdri Stoddart (she/her)
39:24
My question is trying to determine whether there is a difference in safety requirements in an event venue for attendees vs. staff.
Chris Ullsperger
40:43
@Erik — As far as I can tell, the percentage is independent of what’s happening in the venue (e.g., whether it’s punk rock, classical music, theatre, a speech, etc). There may be some exceptions and alcohol/food service may make a difference …?
Chris Ullsperger
43:08
The elephant in the room for some of these discussions is that we all know for “essential” spaces like grocery stores the
Lisa Hernandez
43:52
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID19-K12-Schools-InPerson-Instruction.aspx#Layers%20of%20Safety%3a%20Infection%20Mitigation%20Strategies
Chris Ullsperger
43:53
… distancing requirements are not really monitored with much rigor (for good reason!). So how will it work for venues and their patrons?
Rebecca Johnson (she/her)
48:56
We are asking people on a symptom screening and allowing them to say: yes, no or decline to state (this is for indoor movement activities for adults right now).
Rebecca Johnson (she/her)
49:12
Asking about whether they have been vaccinated.
Maya Goehring-Harris
49:24
Here is the UC Berkeley requirements we are sending to our students for the in person processions. We will have staff at the door to check. We are asking that everyone not vaccinated be tested, which has been approved by all our legal channels.
Maya Goehring-Harris
49:39
Do I need to get a vaccine or COVID-19 test to attend the procession? Yes. You will need to show a green badge, which indicates you have met the requirements for being on campus, or a campus access badge. Two ways to get a green badge:
Maya Goehring-Harris
49:47
If you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your final shot), you may upload your vaccine record to the eTang patient portal. However, if you have never been tested for COVID-19 through Cal, you will still need to get one at a campus testing site to activate your green badge. Outside COVID-19 test results don't work with our system. Your badge will stay green for 180 days if you are fully vaccinated.If you are not fully vaccinated, schedule your free COVID-19 test at a campus site (Monday through Friday) through etang.berkeley.edu. Your test should occur no more than six days before you process, and can be as late as 30 minutes before you process. Your badge will turn green when you check in to your appointment. Testing is closed on the weekend, so if you are processing on Sunday, May 16, you must be tested by Friday, May 14.You must also complete a daily symptom screener and show it to enter the theater.
Liz, OED
49:50
There are incentives being offered for getting employees vaccinated, e.g. tax credits (though it doesn't address customer incentives)https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-paymentshttps://www.natlawreview.com/article/vaccine-incentives-how-employers-can-encourage-employee-vaccination
Katy Wafle, Freight & Salvage
51:32
We do not have the capacity to be “trailblazers” in requiring vaccination. We don’t want to be the only venue in town checking vaccination at the door. We’ll be far more successful in this effort if everyone in town is doing the same.
Jeffrey Church
53:12
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Interim-Guidance-for-Ventilation-Filtration-and-Air-Quality-in-Indoor-Environments.aspx
Diana Dominguez, Brower Center
53:18
@Katy, agreed. The Brower Center would love to see a coordinated effort amongst the venues. Cuts down on confusion for all
Chris Ullsperger
53:55
@Katy — Same here, Katy. It needs to be coordinated (top-down from the government, or it needs to be organized among the venues).
Lisa Hernandez
56:32
Orange – Moderate – Tier 3: Venues can open for performances or events with live audiences (see note below on permissible outdoor venues) and must follow the modifications in this guidance, including:• Attendance Limitations:o Venues must limit attendance to maximum of 33% capacity (based on the design/operating capacity or fire department occupant limit). Visitors in suites count toward this capacity limit.o Each suite is limited to 25% occupancy with no more than 3 households physically distanced within each suite, or six people from the same household.o Venues may increase attendance capacity to 67% if all guests show a negative test result within the 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full vaccination.
Lisa Hernandez
57:17
https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-live-performances--en.pdf
Andrea Hirsig
59:54
Lisa, you just posted outdoor, not indoor capacity guidelines for orange tier, correct?
Flavia Oliveira
01:00:55
Thank you so much! Really good information. I need to step out right at 12PM. Thank you again for putting this meeting together.
Lisa Hernandez
01:01:32
@andrea hirsig yes this is guidance for outdoor live performances
Andrea Hirsig
01:01:40
I thought indoor venues with reserved seating are capped at 15% capacity or 35% if everyone show neg test or fully vaccinated
Andrea Hirsig
01:01:53
OK thanks!
Deb Fink
01:02:33
So there would be mask requirements across the board then for folks both vaccinated and not.
Nancy Donovan
01:02:35
any information about food and beverage service?
Deb Fink
01:03:16
The legal issues around that are significant, Diana.
Maya Goehring-Harris
01:03:19
+1 Nancy’s question!
Nikole Halaka - VIsit Berkeley
01:03:45
@ andrea - intially there were capacity % for indoor vs outdoor but right now there is only a % for indoor. I found this information on the CA Hotel Loding Site. I can follow up with you after via email.
Deb Fink
01:03:48
Is there any discussion about waiver signatures for attendees regarding responsibility?
Chris Ullsperger
01:04:03
Waivers are definitely in the mix.
Deb Fink
01:04:10
Thanks, Chris.
Andrea Hirsig
01:04:13
OK thanks Nikole
Ravnit Plaha (she/her)
01:10:13
Thank you!
Roxana Infante
01:10:37
Thank you all for organizing this call!
Luma Cortez
01:10:56
Helpful discussion! Thanks everyone!
Lisa Bullwinkel
01:11:23
Thank you all. Hope to see you in a Berkeley Cultural Trust meeting where we can work on some policy to help with this collectively.
Deb Fink
01:11:26
Thank you! Stronger together.
Erik Bigglestone
01:11:28
Thank you so much!
Fredda Olivares
01:11:34
Thank you. Very helpful information.
Jeffrey Church
01:11:55
jchurch@visitberkeley.com
Jeffrey Church
01:12:01
nhalaka@visitberkeley.com
Jeffrey Church
01:12:08
bhillman@visitberkeley.com
Chris Ullsperger
01:12:10
Thank you!