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UCOP plans for Return to Normal Operations (R2NO)

UCOP is taking a phased and thoughtful approach for returning to normal operations (R2NO) and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and public health orders in developing our plan. The approach includes four occupancy levels that are aligned with phases in the UC Application of California’s Pandemic Roadmap for reopening.

Occupancy levels

  • Level 1: Minimum – Essential staff only (current situation)
  • Level 2: Prioritized – Add prioritized onsite staff and then limited staff requesting onsite work
  • Level 3: Phased – Gradual staff return to the office
  • Level 4: Full – Return to full normal operations

The number of staff who return to in-office work will depend on physical distancing requirements in open workspaces and common areas, such as elevators and restrooms. To address physical distancing constraints, we will use a zone and shift model to maintain physical distance. (Zones define which workspaces can be occupied at the same time; shifts define when staff arrive, depart and work onsite.)

Currently, the UCOP R2NO and Business Administrative Service Center teams are busy preparing our offices for additional on-site staff by determining maximum occupancy by floor and building, installing required signage, purchasing disinfecting and other supplies, and completing additional preparations. When state and county orders permit, we will begin moving to Level 2 – Prioritized Occupancy.

An upcoming new online training will help all staff understand what UCOP is doing to maintain a healthy environment and what staff need to know as they return to the office.

In Oakland, staff return to the office will be coordinated with office moves. More information on move timing for each group will be available in June.

We’re all in this together and by working together, we can successfully return to the office.

If you have questions regarding UCOP’s R2NO plan or COVID-19 response, please email

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