News Highlights                                              July 17, 2020
Our Town Novato  newsletter is a weekly update of news that you may have missed throughout the week. 
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 .

Governor Closes Some Indoor Businesses Due to COVID-19 Spike

A spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the State of California has prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to close indoor operations of several industries effective immediately. Businesses affected by the Governor's announcement are to remain closed until the restrictions are lifted.

In Marin, this effects office space for non-critical services, indoor hair salons and barbershops, and indoor malls. 

Marin Public Health Recommends Delay for Full Return of In-Classroom Learning

Marin County Public Health is recommending local public, private, independent and parochial TK-12 schools begin the new school year with a gradual approach that includes distance learning and small in-person groups.

This phased-in approach is in response to surges in COVID-19 cases regionally and in Marin County, including an increase in cases among youth and young adults.

Marin County COVID-19 Update as of July 16, 2020
Marin County Public Health continues to monitor a nd 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 July 16, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Cases: 2,015
Marin Cases Recovered: 1,327
Marin Deaths: 29
Tests Completed in Marin: 40,483
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 85
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 29

Marin County Community Conversation on 7/17

Join the community conversation on Friday, July 17 at 4pm to receive an update on Marin's public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, including information on  what is being done to help prevent the spread and why we are experiencing outbreaks.

Meeting Access info:
  • Join online at or by calling 1.669.900.6833
  • Meeting ID: 993 8019 4261
  • Attendee ID: #
  • Password: 074775
You can also watch the event on Marin County's Facebook page.
Annual Street Paving Program Begins
Novato's annual street paving program began on Tuesday, July 14 and will continue through late August. Construction activity is scheduled to occur Monday through Friday from 7am-5pm beginning on the following dates and locations:
  • Start date July 14, 2020: Novato Blvd from San Marin Drive through Copper Hill Way
  • Start date July 20, 2020: Wilson Ave from Center Road to Mill Road
  • Start date July 30, 2020: Redwood Blvd from Rush Creek Place to Wood Hollow Drive
PG&E Electric Distribution Line Inspections via  Helicopter
Starting Tuesday, July 21 and through August, PG&E will conduct pre-inspection helicopter flights in Novato to help improve their response during a future Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

Expect low-flying helicopters Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm. Power will not be interrupted during the pre-inspections.

Questions? Call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000.

Caltrans Proposed SR 37
Traffic Congestion Relief Project
Join Caltrans for a virtual scoping open house on July 22 from 6-7:30pm to learn more about the Proposed SR 37 Traffic Congestion Relief Project.

All scoping comments must be submitted in writing by August 24, 2020 at 5pm:

Caltrans District 4
Attn: Yolanda Rivas
PO Box 23660
Oakland, CA 94623-0660  

Police Department Lobby Closed 

The Novato Police Department front lobby will be closed to public access until further notice.
You are still able to report an emergency using 9-1-1, and non-emergencies can be reported by calling 415.897.4361 during business hours. After business hours, you may report non-emergency issues at 415.897.1122.

Tenga en cuenta que el lobby del NPD se cerrará al acceso público hasta nuevo aviso. Aún podrá informar una emergencia por teléfono al 9-1-1 y reportar problemas que no sean de emergencia usando 415.897.4361 durante el horario comercial. Después del horario comercial, también puede informar problemas que no sean de emergencia usando 415.897.1122.

Register Today for Camp Ton of Fun & Novato Gymnastics Camp

There is still space available for our next sessions of Camp Ton of Fun and Gymnastics Camp beginning on July 27!

Register today at

MarinMOCA Free Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Looking for a safe outdoor activity? Visit MarinMOCA for a free self-guided outdoor sculpture walk. 

Art lovers can enjoy two new bronze sculptures installed on the grounds at MarinMOCA located at 500 Palm Drive in Novato. 

Sculptures can be viewed all day, every day!

Please note that due to the Governor's recent announcement of the closure of some indoor activities, MarinMOCA's indoor exhibits are closed until further notice. 

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.
  • Wear a face covering when out in public spaces.
  • Maintain 6 feet distance from those outside of your own household.
  • 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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