News Highlights                                              July 24, 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 .

Marin County Board of Supervisors Approve Countywide Health Order Enforcement

On Tuesday, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved an urgency ordinance to create new civil penalties for violations of orders issued by the County Public Health Officer. 

To help curtail the spread of COVID-19, towns and cities in Marin are planning to join the County with enhanced enforcement of public health orders. 

Marin Public Health Ends Local Ban on Reusable Bags

Marin County residents are allowed to use reusable bags for shopping again. 

Customers may bring reusable bags to a store as long as they carry them or leave them in a shopping cart or basket and bag their own groceries after checkout.

Marin County COVID-19 Update as of July 23, 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 23, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Cases: 2,416
Marin Cases Recovered: 1,916
Marin Deaths: 35
Tests Completed in Marin: 46,430
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 99
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 28
State Outlines Path to Resume Classroom Learning

On July 17, Governor Newsom announced plans for how TK-12 public, private, independent and parochial students across California will begin the new school year in light of rising COVID-19 infections. 

Counties on the state's monitoring list, Marin County included, are required to implement distance learning until the data shows infection rates are under control. 

Health Technology Company Partners with County on COVID-19 Testing

In an effort to speed up turnaround time for COVID-19 testing, Marin County is partnering with Burlingame-based health technology company Color, which will take over the drive-through COVID-19 testing behind Marin Center in San Rafael.

State Route 37 Overnight Westbound Lane Closures

Starting Monday, July 27 through mid-August, Caltrans will close westbound lanes on State Route 37 to conduct an Environmental Investigation. This closure will span from the US101/SR37 Interchange to Petaluma River Bridge starting at 8pm nightly. 

During this time, please use alternate routes. Drivers should expect overnight delays and #BeWorkZoneAlert by reducing speed and adhering to all traffic control measures.

Marin County Sustainability
Home Energy Efficiency
Free Webinar
Marin County residents can take advantage of financial incentive programs to help with the cost of some home improvement projects. Learn more by attending a free webinar on July 25 from 10-11am.

Virtual Job Fair
August 4, 2020
Attention job seekers! Workforce Alliance of the North Bay is holding a Virtual Job Fair on August 4 from 10am-1pm. 

Employers will present current opportunities, tips to get hired and how to apply for jobs. FREE to attend, but space is limited.

Camp Ton of Fun To Go Kits

Register today for next week's outer space themed Camp Ton of Fun to go kit!

Our Novato Parks & Recreation team is offering weekly camp to go kits full of #NovatoFun activities for those who prefer #NovatoFunatHome.

Sign up for a kit today at

Margaret Todd Senior Center Movie Themed Zoom 

Missing your friends from the Margaret Todd Senior Center while the center in closed? Hang out remotely on Zoom on Thursday, July 30 at 1:30pm.

Come ready to share movies you have watched recently and learn what others are recommending.

Must be 50+ to participate.  To register, message Novato Parks & Recreation on Facebook.
Downtown Novato Business Association Events Cancelled

The Downtown Novato Business Association (DNBA) Board has made the difficult decision to officially cancel Rock the Block, Nostalgia Days and Bouncy Ball New Year due to concerns related to COVID-19.

Save the dates for next year!
  • June 24, 2021 - Rock the Block: Kickoff Summer Edition
  • August 6 & 7, 2021 - Nostalgia Days Car Show & Cruise
  • September 16, 2021 - Rock the Block: End of Summer Edition
  • December 31, 2021 - Bouncy Ball New Year
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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