News Highlights                                              May 15, 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 .

New Guidance for Reopening Businesses in Marin

This new order includes guidance on how business can safely resume and tools that will make reopening easier, as well as a COVID-19 Site Specific Protection Plan which is required for all businesses.
New Park Closures

Novato Parks Reopen to Motorized Access

On May 15, the County of Marin released a new Park Closure and Parking Restrictions Order that supersedes the previous order issued on April 29.

On May 18, Novato's parks and open space will reopen to motorized access. This means that community members will be allowed to drive a vehicle to many of Marin's parks and open spaces to enjoy a hike or recreate. However, to continue to protect the health and safety of our community and per Marin County's new order, the following areas will remain closed:
  • Dog parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic & BBQ areas
  • Benches
  • Pools

Support Novato's Small Business Community

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.
Marin County COVID-19 Update as of May 15, 2020

May 15 update
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 15, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Cases: 287
Marin Cases Recovered: 223
Marin Deaths: 14
Marin Persons Tested: 8,722
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 48
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 3
New County Program Offers Restaurant Meal Delivery to Seniors

Seniors can apply now for Marin County's Great Plates Delivered Program, a pilot program that offers meal delivery to older residents from our local restaurants.

This free two week pilot program will begin on Monday, May 18. Marin residents may call Whistlestop at 415.456.9073 to see if they qualify.

Local restaurants interested in participating can apply online now by filling out the Great Plates Delivered Food Provider Interest Form.

Free COVID-19 Testing

There are multiple COVID-19 testing options countywide. If you meet the local testing criteria and are unable to obtain testing through your medical provider, free and confidential testing is available in Marin. 

For more answers to important COVID-19 related testing questions including Marin Public Health's testing criteria, please visit
Novato Police Department: 2019 Annual Report
Every year, the Novato Police Department produces an annual report to provide our community some insight on police operations.
This year's annual report highlights the Novato Police Department's organizational vision, programs, projects implemented, employee changes, crime statistics and partnerships.

Construction Resumes at 
Hill Recreation Area
On April 29, Marin County issued a new Public Health Order allowing some essential businesses and certain low risk outdoor construction to resume operations. 
Per this new Order, the City has resumed construction on the Hill Recreation Area project.
Construction continues with:
  • Final grading of bocce ball courts
  • Fencing installation
  • Completion of irrigation underground system and installation of new controller
  • Drain rock placement for the large synthetic turf field
  • Completion of large gravel "soccer field" parking lot
Next week, the landscape contractor will start planting shrubs and trees.
Marin Civic Center Veterans
Marin County Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual
On May 25, we will honor our fallen heroes. Since we cannot gather due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County's annual Memorial Day ceremony is relocating from the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium to the internet with a brief online Facebook ceremony.
Watch the ceremony from home on May 25, 8:30am at the Marin County United Veterans Council Facebook Page

Marin Small Business
Development Center 
Free Webinar
The Marin Small Business Development Center continue its free webinar series to help local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

May 19 | 10-11:15am
Returning to the Workplace - HR Expert Support and Workplace Planning

Additionally, previous webinars are recorded and available for viewing .

Shop Local Logo
Novato is Still  Open
For Business
Check out our listing of Novato businesses open & ready to serve you.
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.

Mantra Window

We're #NovatoProud of Mantra Wines for the support they're showing our Downtown Novato restaurants during SIP. 

The family owned winery has decorated their large window display with the names and numbers of our local eateries in order to promote those still offering takeout and delivery. 
Virtual Monday Night
Magic Show on May 18

Our Novato Parks and Recreation team is committed to providing YOU #NovatoFUNatHome since we can't meet face-to-face.

Join us for our FREE Virtual Monday Night Magic Show on May 18 at 6pm. This week's show theme is "Halloween in May"! Dress in your favorite Halloween costume and tune into our live show with our favorite magician, Mike Della Penna.


Books and Badges

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

Recent Story:

2020 Census Extended

Census 2020

We know the Census isn't on the top of everyone's mind these days, but it's still crucial to the future of our local community and our nation. The deadline has been extended and the community is encouraged to fill out their census form online or by phone at 1. 844.330.2020 .

And, a reminder that the U.S. Census is still hiring in Marin  County. Find out more at 

Police and Hospital Week
National Police Week & National Hospital Week
This week, we thank our Novato Police Officers and everyone who serves and protects our communities around the nation, and we  honor all of our brothers and sisters we have lost and extend our deepest condolences to their loved ones.
Additionally, we extended our gratitude to our local "heroes in scrubs" with a police salute as they arrived for work at Sutter Community Hospital this week. Health care workers were greeted with applause and cheering.
Thank you all for keeping us safe!
An important tip to remember, courtesy of Governor Newsom:

"Just because CA is modifying the stay-at-home order, does not mean things are going back to normal.  Californians must continue to practice physical distancing & avoid congregating with others to stop the spread of #COVID19." 
#YourActionsSaveLives #KeepCommunity
Stay Six Feet Apart

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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