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Novato Parks Reopen to Motorized Access, Some Restrictions Still in Place
On May 15, 2020, 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 with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering will remain closed:
- Dog parks
- Picnic & barbecue areas
Additionally, there will be no loosening of access at some Marin locations that tend to draw larger crowds from across the Bay Area, creating conditions where visitors cannot feasibly comply with social distancing requirements. Facilities that remain closed to motorized access throughout Marin County, except for those with state-issued disabled vehicle placards on display, are:
- Point Reyes National Seashore
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods National Monument)
- Mount Tamalpais State Park
- Tomales Bay State Park
- Samuel P Taylor State Park
- Chicken Ranch Beach (along Tomales Bay)
- Miller Park (along Tomales Bay)
- White House Pool Park in Point Reyes Station
- Bolinas Lagoon Open Space Preserve (including Bolinas County Park)
- All Marin Municipal Water District lands
- All beaches or inlets along the Pacific Ocean
While certain aspects of the Parks Closure Order have loosened, Marin’s Public Health Order concerning use of face coverings remains in effect, and residents should remain vigilant in limiting the spread of COVID-19 with the following practices:
- Frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- Staying home when showing symptoms of illness
- Limiting unnecessary travel around the County and greater Bay Area
- Continuing to physically distance at least 6 feet from someone outside a person’s household.
Thank you for continuing to do your part to help your community.
Visit the City of Novato COVID-19 webpage at novato.org/coronavirus to sign up for email or text message updates from the City, as well as for information on impacts to City services, City facility closures and cancelled and postponed events, what to do if you are feeling sick, and tips on how to reduce your risk of exposure.
Novato businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19, visit novato.org/COVID19biz for a listing of resources including information regarding unemployment, disability and paid family leave benefits; small business loans and grants; tax assistance; non-profit support; as well as information on workplace health and safety.
For up-to-date information on what other local agencies are doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the following websites:
Marin Health and Human Services: marinhhs.org/coronavirus
Novato Unified School District: nusd.org/coronavirus-covid-19
North Marin Water District: nmwd.com
Novato Sanitary District: novatosan.com
Marin Transit: marintransit.org
Golden Gate Transit: goldengate.org/district/news-media