News Highlights                                             June 5, 2020
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A Message to Our Community from 
City Manager Adam McGill

Dear Novato Community,

As a community we emphasize pride for our residents and community partners on a regular basis. I would like to share how #NovatoProud I am of our community's response to the murder of George Floyd, as those of you who attended Novato's demonstrations have shown the world that a community can come together in peaceful protest and stand alongside our police department to demand action and change. I share the outrage of all who are honoring Mr. Floyd with peaceful protests and am committed to protecting those who lawfully protest as well as our greater Novato community.

As a Novato resident, who calls this community home and chose to raise a family here, I want to assure you that Novato remains a safe community. I understand that emotions are high, and although Novato's protests have been peaceful, some community members may still experience fear caused by the violence that has impacted cities across the Bay Area and our Nation. Chief McCaffrey and I are working closely to monitor any potential threats that could impact Novato, and we are confident that no such threats exist. We are aware that additional protests may occur in Novato over the next few days, and there is no information to indicate that these demonstrations will be anything but lawful and peaceful protests.

I would like to encourage all of us to take this time to listen and learn from the message being shared by those who are respectfully seeking justice. Our similarities outweigh our differences. We know we aren't perfect. We know policing, even good policing won't resolve all of society's systemic issues but let's challenge ourselves to be stronger - together. As your City Manager and former Chief of Police, I hear you and am committed to doing more to make Novato a more inclusive and just community.

Adam McGill
City Manager

Mensaje a nuestra comunidad del administrador 
de la ciudad de Novato, Adam McGill

Estimada comunidad de Novato,

En nuestra comunidad, enfatizamos el orgullo de nuestros residentes y socios comunitarios. Me gustaría compartir lo orgulloso que me siento (#NovatoProud) al ser testigo de la respuesta de nuestra comunidad al asesinato de George Floyd, ya que aquellos de ustedes que asistieron a las manifestaciones de Novato han demostrado al mundo que una comunidad puede unirse en protesta pacífica a su departamento de policía para exigir acción y cambio. Comparto la indignación de todos los que honran al Sr. Floyd con protestas pacíficas y me comprometo a proteger a quienes protestan legalmente, así como a nuestra comunidad de Novato en general.

Como residente de Novato, llamo junto a mi familia a esta comunidad nuestro hogar, y quiero asegurarles que Novato sigue siendo una comunidad segura. Entiendo el tono y la gravedad de las emociones, y aunque las protestas de Novato han sido pacíficas, algunos miembros de la comunidad aún pueden sentir el miedo causado por la violencia que ha afectado a algunas ciudades en el área de la bahía y nuestra nación. El jefe de la policía McCaffrey y yo estamos trabajando estrechamente monitoreando cualquier amenaza que pueda afectar a Novato, y estamos seguros de que no existen tales amenazas. Estamos conscientes de que pueden producirse otras protestas en Novato en los próximos días, pero no hay indicios que apunten a problemas con el desarrollo legal y pacífico de estas posibles manifestaciones.

Quisiera alentar a todos en este tiempo a escuchar y aprender del mensaje que comparten quienes buscan la justicia con respeto. Nuestras similitudes superan nuestras diferencias. Sabemos que no somos perfectos. Sabemos que la vigilancia policial, incluso la buena vigilancia policial, no resolverá todos los problemas sistémicos de la sociedad, pero enfrentemos el reto juntos a ser más fuertes. Como su administrador municipal y ex jefe de policía, los escucho y me comprometo a hacer más para que Novato sea una comunidad más inclusiva y justa.

Adam McGill
Administrador de la Ciudad
A Community Message from Our Mayor and City Council
It has been a long 10 weeks of seemingly one crisis after another. The Council and I are sad to see what's happening across the Bay Area, as well as throughout our Country. Of course, at the center of this we are grieving: our hearts are heavy and we join the community and George Floyd's family in amplifying his memory and ensuring justice is brought forward after his cruel death.

We understand that our duty as leaders means leading our community in a just and equitable way. We cannot ignore nor deny the injustice and discrimination people of color in our communities have suffered and continue to suffer-as leaders we recognize that we can, and must, do more.

Thank you Novato community members for implementing a successful, safe and peaceful protest in Downtown Novato on June 4. #StrongerTogether

Marin County COVID-19 Update as of June 4, 2020

Marin County Public Health continues to monitor and report confirmed COVID-19 cases countywide on their dedicated coronavirus website at Here you will find accurate, up-to-date information with a focus on how it is impacting our local communities.

Here are some data points,  as of June 4, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Cases: 530
Marin Cases Recovered: 392
Marin Deaths: 17
Marin Persons Tested: 14,592
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 52
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 1

Dogbone Meadow Dog Park Reopens

Novato's Dogbone Meadow Dog Park has reopened. All visitors must comply with County of Marin guidelines regarding social distancing and face coverings. 

Additionally, the following restrictions are currently in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19:
  • Interactions with dogs outside of your own household must be limited.
  • Water fountains, benches and other high-touch areas within the dog park remain off limits.
Novato Parks & Recreation Summer Camp Registration
Now Available

Novato Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our summer camp programs beginning on June 15 with new health and safety protocols in place.

This year, our in-person summer camp programs include Camp Ton-Of-Fun, All Sports Camp, Gymnastics, North Bay Basketball Academy Skills Mini Camp, and Taekwondo.

We will also be launching five virtual programs.

Support Novato's Small Business Community

Donation period closes on Sunday, June 7, 2020 !

The small business community could use your help! Donate now to the Novato Small Business Relief Fund to help keep local dollars local, retain local jobs and keep your favorite Novato storefronts tenanted.

Every dollar counts as we review applications and work to award grants up to $5,000 per qualified and selected local businesses. 

Help the City Develop its Short-Term Rental Regulatory Program

The City is currently in the process of considering options for a short-term rental regulatory program. Short-term rentals are residential rentals of all or a portion of a home for periods of less than 30 nights, and are often advertised on websites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.

Help the City develop its short-term rental regulatory program by weighing-in on which policy decisions are important to you at

Ayude a la ciudad a desarrollar su programa de reglamentos para alquileres a corto plazo

La ciudad de Novato ha comenzado el proceso de consideración de opciones para un programa de reglamentos asociados con los alquileres a corto plazo. Los alquileres a corto plazo son alquileres residenciales de toda o parte de una casa por períodos de menos de 30 noches, y comunmente se anuncian en sitios web como Airbnb, VRBO y HomeAway.

Ayude a Novato a desarrollar su programa de reglamentos de alquileres a corto plazo evaluando cuales son las pólizas o normas importantes para usted en

Books and Badges
Virtual Story Time with Novato PD
Check out the Novato Police Department's final episode of Books 'n Badges.
Helpful Guidance for Wearing Face Coverings

Stay Healthy Novato
The best way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, whether the flu or coronavirus, is to practice good hygiene:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or crook of your elbow (not your hands). If you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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