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Housing Updates for 2020-21 and COVID-19 Response

What is Self-Sequestering?

This page provides a quick overview of what self-sequestering means for residents of campus housing at UC Berkeley.

Self-sequestering means minimizing in-person interactions for a limited time. 


You need to self-sequester when you: 

  • Move in 
  • Return from a trip 
  • Have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Are directed to do so by University Health Services 

For how long? 

Ten days, until your first two test results come back negative (with the second test collected at least 5 days after the first).

During the self-sequester period:

  • Stay in your own room. Check out online events offered by your residence hall staff. If you live in an apartment, please plan to cook for yourself or make arrangements for food to be delivered to you.
  • You may leave your room for essential activities such as:
    • Using the bathroom/shower
    • Picking up meals or accepting deliveries
    • Solo outdoor exercise (walking, jogging, biking, etc.)
    • Getting your regular COVID-19 test or other health care
    • Doing laundry and picking up mail
  • No in-person gatherings, indoors or outdoors—not even with your residential household grouping.  

During and after self-sequestering: 

  • Wear a face covering at all times except when inside your room, brushing teeth, taking a shower, or eating.
  • Maintain a physical distance of six feet or more.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • No guests or visitors are allowed.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 twice per week through UHS.
  • Observe all local, county and state public health orders.