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Ecology Center’s Response to COVID-19

Update on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Ecology Center Store During COVID-19

As we continue to navigate the uncharted territory of the COVID-19 lockdowns, we would like to thank our community for all the support that has been shown to the Ecology Center staff during this challenging time.

We need your help to keep our building safe and healthy for all community members, by following these guidelines:

• Please wash or sanitize your hands before entering the building.
Wear a face-covering the entire time you are in this building.
• Staff continue to wear face coverings when processing online orders.
• We are limiting the number of staff who enter into this facility at any one time to ensure that people in the facility can easily maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another at all times.
• We are only allowing 5 customers in the store at a time. If you need to wait, please do so outside of the building. You will see that there are taped markers on the ground that indicate the CDC’s recommended distance between people while you wait in line. Please respect these markers.
• We will be providing hand and phone sanitizer at the entrance of the Store to ensure that hands and phones are clean during while shopping.
• All online orders must be paid for in advance. No exceptions.
• The door handles and other high-touch surfaces will be regularly disinfected throughout the day.
• Always stay at home if you are sick.
• Always cough or sneeze, into your arm or a tissue, away from people
• Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.

Staff will be self-monitoring and not attending work if symptomatic.
Staff will be maintaining social distance during work hours with the number of staff in the space not to exceed 5 people.
Those who are high-risk (elderly and people with underlying health conditions) should avoid coming to the Store.

Thank you in advance for your patience and support.


Update on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Ecology Center’s Berkeley Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19

As an essential service, the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets REMAIN OPEN, providing fresh, healthy food for the community. We are actively making operational changes to protect customers, farmers, and staff, and to mitigate the spread of disease.

We continue to follow the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Starting Saturday, 3/28/2020 we will begin queueing customers at the market entrance, if the number of customers already in the market exceeds our maximum crowd count. We will then let queued customers into the market every 15 minutes or when the crowd count has decreased. Thank you in advance for your patience and kindness to market staff.

We need your help to keep the markets safe and healthy for all community members, by following these guidelines:


Update on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Ecology Center Curbside Recycling During COVID-19 

As many of us settle into sheltering-in-place, we want to assure you that the Ecology Center will continue to provide high-quality Curbside Recycling collection in Berkeley. Even though we are living through an unprecedented disruption, the Ecology Center is here to provide you with Essential Services like Curbside Recycling and Farmers’ Markets. Even during this uncertain time, we should all continue to recycle to save natural resources, energy, water and prevent waste.

To be mindful of the COVID-19 health emergency, we are taking extra preventative measures. Below are a few of the additional steps our staff and drivers are taking to interrupt the spread of the virus.

To support the safe and efficient running of your Curbside Recycling Service, we ask that you observe the following:

Additional details you should know:

At the Ecology Center, we are committed to delivering safe and consistent Essential Services throughout this public health emergency.  Thank you for your commitment to helping us serve our community during this challenging time. 

Wishing you and your dear ones good health and well-being,
Ecology Center Curbside Recycling


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear Community Members,

As the coronavirus COVID-19 situation rapidly unfolds, Ecology Center and each of its public service programs, including Berkeley Farmers’ Markets, EcoStore, Berkeley Curbside Recycling Collection, and Ecology Center Classroom Workshops, are taking preventive steps to support the safety and well-being of our communities. Many of the programs we provide are an integral part of your daily lives, and we are taking every precaution available to reduce the spread of the virus and provide you with the safest, most effective services we can. We extend our heartfelt wishes for good health to those who are ill.  

The Ecology Center continues to operate all of its programs currently as we monitor updates from the City of Berkeley, Alameda County, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on a daily basis. We will be following the directions from these local, state, and federal entities and will implement changes as new guidance is provided.  We will continue to offer our services to the fullest extent possible throughout this health emergency. 

Below are steps we are taking across all programs to address coronavirus concerns. 

We have taken the following steps to prevent the spread of the virus:

We encourage you to take the following steps recommended by the CDC:

For fifty years, the Ecology Center has been working to promote and provide methods for healthy and sustainable living. We know that everything we have accomplished and will accomplish is achieved through support from our community and will continue to do our part to help ensure our community’s health and well-being.  

Please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected], or by calling 510-526-1131, ext. 701, if you have questions or concerns.

Warmest regards,

Debbie Beyea, Ecology Center Deputy Director