News Highlights                                                May 8, 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 novato.org/coronavirus .

Novato Small Business Relief Fund Grant Application Period Closes on May 10

Apply Now! Applications are currently being accepted for Novato Small Business Relief Fund grants through May 10 at 5pm. Qualified small businesses, impacted by COVID-19, can apply now for one-time grants in amounts up to $5,000 to utilize for business costs including rent or mortgage, payroll, utilities, insurance, loan payments related to running the business and any other documented cost of business operations. 

This relief fund was launched to help Novato's small business community retain jobs, keep storefronts tenanted, as well as support the local economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donate Now! Community members looking for ways to support our small business community during this time can donate directly to the Novato Small Business Relief Fund.
Marin County COVID-19 Update as of May 8, 2020

Marin County Public Health continues to monitor and report confirmed COVID-19 cases countywide on their dedicated coronavirus website at marinhss.org/coronavirus. 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 Cases: 257
Marin Cases Recovered: 208
Marin Deaths: 14
Marin Persons Tested: 6,738
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 46
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 3


Marin Recovers: Reopening our Community Safely


Share your industry expertise and help inform the reopening plan for businesses throughout Marin County!

Marin's public agencies are working together on what the recovery process will look like as we move toward our goal of a phased reopening of our community. A group of local industry advisors will provide recommendations about how an industry - from retail to recreation to rental properties - could reopen in compliance with COVID-19 public health orders. 

MarinRecovers.com connects Marin County residents, business owners, community leaders and public health professionals to collaborate on reopening the economy and community in a safe manner. 

NEW! Downtown Novato Community Farmers  Market: Online Ordering & Curbside Pickup
Farmers Market 2020
The Downtown Novato Farmers Market is back every  Tuesday from 4-8pm behind CVS on 7 th Street between Grant Avenue & Novato Boulevard.
New! Online ordering with curbside pickup will 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  ilovefarmersmarkets.org .
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.

El Mercado de Agricultores (Farmers Market) de Novato: 
Ordenar en Línea con Recogida en la Entrada o la Acera
El Farmers Market de Downtown Novato todos los  martes 5 de 4 a 8 pm detrás de la farmacia CVS en 7th Street entre Grant Avenue y Novato Boulevard.

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 ilovefarmersmarkets.org .

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.

Wildfire Preparedness Week
While we shelter in place, now is the perfect time to plan and be ready for wildfires:
  • Register to receive emergency notifications through Nixle and Alert Marin
  • Plan escape routes
  • Check smoke detectors
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit
  • Create defensible space around your home
Virtual Marin County Fair
The Marin County Fair is has launched a series of virtual family-friendly competitions and activities for the community on Facebook and Instagram. 
Competitions will be announced each week, and people will have one week to post their entries. Virtual blue ribbons will be awarded to the winners, as well as a pair of tickets to the 2021 Marin County Fair.
This year's fair was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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 13 | 2-5pm
How to Pivot Quickly and Effectively to Takeout and Delivery
May 14 | 10am-12pm
FEMA and Navy Contracting in the COVID-19 Environment Q&A
May 14 | 2-3pm
Restaurants: Planning for a New Reality - Rent and Lease Negotiation Strategies
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.
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:



#NovatoFunAtHome
Celebrate Mother's Day the #NovatoFUNatHome Way!

Our friends over at Novato Parks and Recreation have a bunch of fun and creative ideas for you to show mom how much she means to you! From DIY photo frames to yummy strawberry shortcake, our #NovatoFun team has got you covered this Mother's Day! 

Check out  @NovatoFUN on Facebook and Instagram

Census 2020

When you count all children living at your address in the Census, programs in your community-like childcare and food assistance-get more of the funding they need. #CountAllKids


Censo 2020

El Censo es para todos los que viven en los Estados Unidos. Los bebés también cuentan-si nacieron en o antes del 1 de abril de 2020.



THANK YOU!
This week we celebrate and thank all teachers, nurses
and public service workers for all they do!



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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