News Highlights                                             June 12, 2020
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City of Novato COVID-19 updates and information is available at
Resources and information for Novato businesses & workers impacted by COVID-19 is available at .
Downtown Novato Outdoor Dining & Retail Expansion 

Beginning Friday, June 12, the City of Novato and Downtown Novato Business Association will close a portion of Grant Avenue to create pedestrian-only access between Reichert and Machin Avenues from Fridays at 1pm to Mondays at 7am.

This closure is part of a pilot program supporting our local businesses by allowing them to expand beyond sidewalks and into the street while adhering to County Public Health Orders. Allowing for better social distancing to make outdoor dining and retail safer and easier for our businesses and community.

For this program to succeed, it will be evaluated closely to ensure the safety of businesses and the health of the community and may cease if protocols cannot be adhered to. 

Downtown businesses interested in participating are required to complete a brief application and provide insurance certifications online at

New County Guidelines Allow Indoor Retail, Home Cleaning
Marin County is continuing its efforts to move deeper into Phase 2 of reopenings under its shelter-in-place order.
Indoor retail sales, including auto dealerships, and personal cleaning services are allowed to proceed starting June 12 under the newest Marin County Public Health guidelines. 
Businesses and organizations preparing to reopen must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) to define how a business will reopen in a safe and clean manner for patrons and employees.

Grants Awarded to Novato Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Launched on May 1, the Novato Small Business Grant Program offered eligible businesses the opportunity to apply for grants in amounts up to $5,000 to help support the local economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
A total of $375,000 in donations from local businesses and residents wanting to support our small business community has been distributed to 75 small businesses throughout Novato. 
Donations to the fund include $200,000 from Take-Two, the parent company for international videogame publisher 2K located in Novato, as well as $50,000 contributions from the City of Novato and County of Marin respectively.
Marin County COVID-19 Update as of June 11, 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 11, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Cases: 648
Marin Cases Recovered: 463
Marin Deaths: 17
Marin Persons Tested: 17,367
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 49
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 8

Novato Police: Who We Are 

As many questions have been received from our community regarding Police Use of Force, the Novato Police Department has created a webpage to address specific details for clarity, as well as other important information. 

We realize that this is an ongoing discussion and is meant to start the conversation, not end it. We look forward to hearing from our community as we continue to look for ways to be, and do, better.

Chief Matthew McCaffrey
Novato Parks & Recreation Programs Resume June 15

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.

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

Congratulations Class of 2020!

You did it! We celebrate you and are so #NovatoProud!

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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