News Highlights                                             June 19, 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 .
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A Message from City Manager Adam McGill:
Weekends on Grant

Weekends on Grant just got better! We've expanded outdoor dining  and shopping  in Downtown Novato by closing Grant Avenue between Reichert and Machin to create pedestrian-only access  beginning Friday afternoons through Sunday evenings.

This is a pilot street closure program to help make outdoor dining and retail safer and easier for our businesses and community. For this program to succeed, we ask that you please do your part by:
  • Wearing a face covering when out in public spaces-this includes while walking Downtown and when waiting in line outdoors, per Marin County's Order.
  • Keeping 6ft distance from others outside of your own household.
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available. Many Downtown restaurants and shops have hand sanitizer available, but it is also a good idea to bring your own.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we continue to adapt to this new normal.

See you Downtown!
Marin County COVID-19 Update as of June 18, 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 18, 2020, that may be of interest to you:
Marin Confirmed Cases: 814
Marin Cases Recovered: 569
Marin Deaths: 18
Tests Completed in Marin: 21,863
Marin Hospitalizations (cumulative): 55
Marin Hospitalizations (currently): 7

Virtual City Council Meeting on June 23
The Novato City Council will meet on June 23 at 6pm for a virtual meeting. Meeting information including instructions on how to participate and the agenda are available at
Highlights for the June 23 agenda include:
  • Adoption of the final City Operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgets, as well as the final budget of the Novato Public Finance Authority as part of the FY 2020/21 City budget.
  • A report on the Novato Small Business Relief Fund. 
  • A temporary waiver of processing and permitting fees issued to restaurants and other businesses to allow outdoor business activities on private property during the County's Shelter-in-Place orders.

Novato Parks & Recreation Summer Programs: In-person, Virtual & To Go Kits 

Register today for Novato Parks & Recreation's summer programs! Next session of in-person camps begins on July 6, and spaces are filling up quickly! 

This year, we're also offering virtual camps and programs, as well as camp to go kits for those who prefer #NovatoFUNatHome! 

A Safety Message from the Novato Police Department & Novato Fire Protection District

During an emergency evacuation, alert messages may not always be reliable.

Novato Police Department and Novato Fire District vehicles are now equipped with two-tone Hi-Lo sirens that have a loud distinctive sound to inform the community when to leave their homes in an emergency.

If you hear Hi-Lo, it's time to go!
Marin County Releases New Guidance for Schools to Resume in Fall
On June 18, Marin Public Health and Marin County Office of Education issued new guidelines to help facilitate and return to site-based classroom instruction. These guidelines apply to all Marin County educational institutions, including public, private, independent and parochial TK-12 schools.

Shop Local Novato Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

Father's Day is just around to corner, and Shop Local Novato has got you covered with their 2020 Father's Day Gift Guide! 

Check out the amazing gifts and experiences you can find here in Novato.

Downtown Novato Community Farmers Market: Online Ordering & Curbside Pickup

Farmers Market 2020
Join us at the Downtown Novato Farmers Market  every Tuesday from 4-8pm behind CVS on 7th Street between Grant Avenue & Novato Boulevard.

New online ordering with curbside pickup! 
To place an online order, please visit Place your orders by 5pm the day before the market to receive your pick up instructions for the next day.

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

Census 2020: Be Counted

Complete your 2020 Census online today at or call 1.844.330.2020.
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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