News Highlights                                              May 1, 2020
Although our City Hall is closed to the public, our services are not.  We've created this newsletter as a one-stop shop and weekly update of coronavirus news that you may have missed.  For additional info & updates, please visit our webpage at .
Marin COVID-19 new Order and the next steps moving forward

Marin County Extends Shelter in Place Orders

This week, the County of Marin  ordered an extension of the current Shelter in Place Order through May 31 while reducing some restrictions already in place.

Marin County will also extend its Public Health Orders surrounding Park Closures and Restrictions on Use of Short-Term Rental Orders. All three orders take effect on Monday, May 4. Marin's face covering order does not presently have an end date and will remain in place until further notice.

As restrictions are eased, it is critical to ensure that growth of cases can be sufficiently contained to protect the health and safety of our community.

Marin County COVID-19 Update as of May 1, 2020

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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 May 1, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Case: 239
Marin Cases Recovered: 182
Marin Deaths: 13
Marin Persons Tested: 3,661
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 43
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 0

Novato Park Restrictions and Closures Effective May 4

On Monday, May 4, Novato's skate park, ball fields and courts will reopen. Community members may play sports in small groups as long as they do not share a ball or equipment with anyone outside of their own household.

Novato's parks and open space will remain closed to motorized access, except for disabled individuals with vehicles possessing current and valid disabled person parking placards or license plates.  "Disabled Parking Only" signage will remain posted at the parking lot entrances of Novato's four largest parks: Pioneer, Miwok, Hoog and Hamilton Amphitheater, as well as the Novato Skate Park.

Keep in mind that per Marin's County's Order, the following areas remain closed to the public:
  • Dog parks
  • Parking lots at all public parks, except for disabled individuals possessing current and valid placards or plates
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Park restrooms
Please walk or bike to your local outdoor recreation area. While you're there, remember to practice social distancing and wear your required face covering.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to help your community.
How Does the Extended Order Impact City Services?

We're here for you, and we continue to work hard to ensure essential City services remain available.  As the County has reduced some restrictions in their new order, we have made changes to some City operations. Please click the "Read More" button below for information on City service updates by department, including information on construction projects and permitting.

City Partners with Business Community to Support Small Business

City of Novato's Council and staff are proud to announce the launch of the Novato Small Business Relief Fund, a grant program designed to help retain local jobs, keep storefronts tenanted, and support the local economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter in place orders. At their regular meeting on April 28, 2020, the City Council approved the establishment of the Novato Small Business Relief Fund, as well as a $50,000 contribution from the City.

This grant program, designed in collaboration with our local partners, will help small business owners stay afloat during this unprecedented time. Named partners for the program include the Novato Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Novato Business Association, County of Marin, MarinLink and Bank of Marin.

La Ciudad se asocia con la comunidad empresarial para apoyar a los negocios pequeños

El Concejo y el personal de la ciudad de Novato se enorgullecen en anunciar el lanzamiento del Programa de Subsidios para Negocios Pequeños de Novato. Es un programa de subvenciones diseñado para ayudar a retener los empleos locales, mantener el pago de los alquileres y apoyar la economía local a la luz de la pandemia de COVID-19 y la posterior orden que manda a las personas a quedarse en sus hogares. En su reunión ordinaria del 28 de abril de 2020, el Concejo Municipal aprobó el establecimiento del Fondo de Ayuda para negocios pequeños de Novato, así como una contribución de $50,000 aportada por la ciudad.

Este programa de subsidios, diseñado en colaboración con nuestros socios locales, ayudará a los propietarios de negocios pequeños a mantenerse a flote durante este tiempo que no tiene precedentes. Los socios nombrados para el programa incluyen la Cámara de Comercio de Novato, la Asociación de Negocios del Downtown de Novato, el Condado de Marín, MarinLink y el Bank of Marin.

Novato PD Lobby

Novato Police Department Lobby Now Open to the Public
Our Police Department front lobby at 909 Machin has reopened to the public. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Please note that face coverings are required, as well as maintaining a 6-foot distance from others while waiting for service. If you have any questions, please call 415.897.4361.
New Health and Safety Measures in Place for 
Downtown Novato Community Farmers  Market
Farmers Market 2020
The Downtown Novato Farmers Market is back starting on Tuesday, May 5 through September 29 from 4-8pm behind CVS on 7 th Street between Grant Avenue & Novato Boulevard.
This year, the Farmers Market is following strict guidelines  as outlined by the California Department of Public Health in compliance with local and state orders, as well as in an effort to protect the health and safety of all in attendance.

New! Online ordering with curbside pickup will also be offered. Orders can be placed by 5pm the day before the market and pick up instructions will be provided. More information about this new service is available at .

Nuevas medidas de salud y seguridad para el Mercado de Agricultores (Farmers Market) de Novato
El Farmers Market de Downtown Novato regresa a partir del  martes 5 de mayo hasta el 29 de septiembre de 4 a 8 pm detrás de la farmacia CVS en 7th Street entre Grant Avenue y Novato Boulevard.

Este año, el Farmers Market está siguiendo pautas estrictas según lo establecido por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California en cumplimiento con las órdenes locales y estatales, haciendo un esfuerzo para proteger la salud y la seguridad de todos los asistentes.

También se ofrecerá la opción de ordenar en línea con recogida en la entrada o la acera. Se pueden hacer pedidos antes de las 5 p.m. del día anterior al mercado. Se proporcionarán instrucciones de como hacer la recogida. Más información sobre este nuevo servicio está disponible en .

Marin Small Business
Development Center 
Free Webinars
The Marin Small Business Development Center is holding a series of free webinars to help local businesses impacted by COVID-19.
May 4 from 1:45 - 3pm
Pivot Your Restaurant - The Virtual Tasting Room
May 5 from 10-11am
Marketing & Social Media
May 6 from 12-1pm 
Disaster Loan Support
May 7 from 12-1pm 
COVID-19 Planning: How to use Disaster Funds and How to Plan for Recovery

In addition, previous webinars are recorded and available for viewing.

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Novato is Still Open For Business
Now more than ever, local businesses need your support, and restrictions have been eased on some businesses, such as garden stores.

It's a great time to utilize the essential businesses that remain open, order takeout or delivery from the numerous restaurants that are still operating, and if you can, support your local businesses through online shopping. You could also buy a gift card from your favorite stores to use at a later date.

Check out our listing of Novato businesses open and ready to serve you.


Books and Badges

Check out Books 'n Badges with our own Novato Police Department. On Mondays and Thursdays kids can listen to a police officer and police staff read a children's story out loud!  Follow @NovatoPolice on Facebook.

Recent Stories:

School Resource Officer Rodriguez reading "Buenas Noches Luna", by Margaret WiseBrown (in Spanish with English subtitles)
Follow @NovatoFUN on Facebook and Instagram! 

Our friends over at Novato Parks and Recreation will continue to make sure you're still having #NovatoFun and staying active while sheltering at home. Check out their video tutorials, arts & crafts, games and activities for all ages to stay inspired and creative.  All activities can be done in the comfort of your home or backyard with limited supplies. Because social distancing does not mean disconnecting.
Census - Spanish

Census 2020

El censo es la base de nuestra democracia, fortaleciendo la fuerza que nuestra sociedad require para afrontar momentos extraordinarios comos los que enfrantamos hoy. Entender con precisión nuestra población nos ayuda a estar en la altura de momentos como estos.

Marin County Community Conversation Video Now Online

On April 29, 2020, Marin County hosted a community conversation with Marin's top public health experts to discuss how COVID-19 has affected our more vulnerable communities. The video from this meeting is now available to watch online.

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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