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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources


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Updated June 2:

NEW! Summer program offerings have been updated and modified in accordance with the Marin County Health & Human Services Guidelines!

We are committed to serving our community this summer while following the Marin County Public Health Guidelines. We thank you for your patience and understanding as our staff has worked diligently to coordinate these programs under the newest guidelines.

View our Virtual Activity Guide! With in-person camps, virtual camps and camp to-go kits, we've got #NovatoFUN for everyone! We hope to see you this summer!

Online registration now open!

Registration Options:





Updated summer program registration NOW AVAILABLE! 

Currently not available.

Fax your completed registration form with credit card information  to one of the customer service locations listed below.

Currently not available. 

Mail your completed registration form with payment to one of the customer service locations listed below.

Currently not available.

Visit one of our customer service sites below Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm.

 Download a Registration Form

 Registration support currently available via email to


Customer Service Locations: CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

 Margaret Todd Senior Center

1560 Hill Road
Novato, CA 94947

415-897-0239 Fax

Monday - Friday

Novato Gymnastics Center

950 Seventh Street
Novato, CA 94945

415-897-6395 Fax

Monday - Friday



The City of Novato Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing a safe, fun and engaging summer camp experience for its youth.

This summer, we will be offering a variety of camp experiences in accordance with the May 22, 2020 Marin County Public Health Order, which provides industry-specific guidelines for summer/sports camp and child care operators, and in alignment with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Interim Guidance for Schools and Day Camps. These guidelines are subject to change based on changes in local, state, and federal direction related to COVID-19. 


  • Childcare, summer camp, and sports camp operations must be carried out in stable groups consisting of 12 or fewer children, for at least 3 consecutive weeks.
    • Stable groups - the same 12 or fewer children must remain in the same group each day.
    • Groups will not mix or interact. Additionally, children will not be allowed to change from one group to another. Facility and activity schedules will be coordinated to prevent overlap. 
    • To the greatest extent possible, children from the same family or household unit must be included in the same group. 
  • Children may NOT attend more than one childcare establishment, summer camp, or sports camp simultaneously. This means that a child cannot join a childcare establishment, summer camp, or sports camp until they have permanently stopped attending the first. In addition, children cannot join a childcare establishment, summer camp, or sports camp mid-session.  

  • Providers or educators shall remain solely with one group of children. 
    • A participant to staff ratio of no more than 12:2 will be maintained, for at least 3 consecutive weeks.  


Registration is available online. Priority will be given to those already enrolled in summer camps. Registration will then be first come, first served. Due to the limitations in group sizes and the extended duration of camp, space will be limited. 

Please note, an additional COVID-19 Safety Admission Agreement will be required. 


Due to the unique circumstances, refund requests will NOT be accommodated. Additionally, there will be NO make-ups, pro-rated reimbursements or similar for days missed. Thank you for your understanding.   


The COVID-19 Action Plan below, provides an overview of protocols established to protect the health and safety of our participants and staff. Detailed site/camp-specific information will be available upon registration.    


All participants and staff are REQUIRED to stay home when sick. Novato Parks & Recreation staff will not allow any participant(s) or staff exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness to participate in programming.

If you are ill, or someone in your household is ill,you are REQUIRED to stay home.



Curbside drop-off and pick-up will be REQUIRED for all camps. Facilities will be limited to participants only. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed inside. Detailed drop-off and pick-up protocols will be provided.


Before entering/exitingfacilities, participants will be directed to line-up along designated markers to ensure social distance. Additionally, participants will be prompted to wash/sanitize hands.


Upon arrival, all participants and staff will be REQUIRED to complete a health screening. The screening will include a verbal health questionnaire and temperature check. Participants exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness will not be allowed to participate. A detailed and confidential facility log will be maintained.

Staff reserve the right to accept or decline participants based on their assessment and discretion of any apparent signs or symptoms of illness.


Participants exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness will be isolated (physically separated from their group)until they are picked-up by a parent/guardian. Signs and symptoms include but are not limited to the following:

  • Headache or tiredness, unable to participate in routine activities or need for more care than staff can provide

  • Fever, difficulty breathing, uncontrolled coughing, unusually tired, persistent crying, upset stomach, etc…

  • Open sores, rash, signs of infection, etc.

  • Runny nose with colored mucus


Staff will be REQUIRED to wear facial coverings. Participants under the age of 12 are not required to wear facial coverings.


Regular hand washing/sanitizing will be REQUIRED for all participants and staff. Staff will teach and reinforce proper hand washing and hand sanitizing, and how to cover coughs and sneezes.


Staff will clean entryways, exits and other high-touch surfaces regularly throughout the day. Additional cleaning efforts will be based on individual site/camp needs. Site/camp-specific details will be provided.


Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.


Whenever feasible, social distancing will be REQUIRED for participants and staff. Each site/camp will have protocols in place to direct distancing.


Should we learn that a participant or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Novato Parks & Recreation will follow all requirements and guidelines provided by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services and the City of Novato.


Our goal is to protect the health and safety of our participants and staff, reduce the risk of infection by following recommended guidelines and protocols, and to provide the best possible camp experience for our participants. 

  • Youth Participant Expectations: As safety protocols have been enhanced, so too have our standards for youth participants. All participants must be able to do the following independently: use the restroom (including toileting and hand washing), separate from parent/guardian, and participate in group activities. Additionally, campers are expected to follow verbal instruction, maintain social distance, participate in the group plan, and follow rules set by staff.  

  • Set Your Child Up For Success: Prior to the start of camp, we recommend that you speak with your child(ren) about the enhanced set of standards for participants and review the importance of social distancing and proper hand washing. Let your child know that their counselors will be wearing face masks and be unable to engage in close interaction like high-fives, fist-bumps, hand-holding, etc… While protocols and processes will be different, we still plan to have lots of fun at camp!  
  • Parent/Guardian Expectations: Parent/guardians are expected to evaluate their child(ren)’s ability to participate in programming safely and independently. We understand the nature of working with children. We know that children are learning and adjusting to a new set of rules and protocols, however, please understand that our standards for participation and behavior have been enhanced. If a child’s behavior poses a threat to their own safety, the safety of other participants, or to staff, the participant will be asked to discontinue. NO refunds will be given. Additionally, parents/guardians are expected to closely monitor their child(ren)’s health and to keep Novato Parks and Recreation staff apprised of any signs or symptoms of illness or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. 

General Registration Information: PRE-COVID

Payment can be made by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, cash or checks  payable to City of Novato.

Residents must reside within the Novato city limits or own property within the city limits. Non-residents are Novato P.O. box addresses, and anyone residing outside the Novato city limits.

Drop-off, fax, and mail-in registrations are processed in the order they are received. Please have both sides of the registration form completely filled out and signed, and include payment. Incomplete registrations and/or having incorrect payment amounts will be returned unprocessed.

Names will be placed on a waiting list for any program that is full. Programs may be canceled due to lack of enrollment. Do not assume you are enrolled in a program until you receive a confirmation receipt.

Program participants are responsible for payment at the time of registration for activities, programs, and rental facilities. A $15 fee will be charged for returned checks. It is the City of Novato’s policy to take progressive action in resolving any outstanding account balance, including utilizing the services of a collection agency to obtain payment.

Financial Assistance may be available to those who qualify. Please call 415-899-8279 for more information.


Full refunds will be issued for a program altered or canceled by the City, or if a participant is dissatisfied with any program. Refund requests must be made no later than one working day after the program ends. Refund and/or program transfer requests must be accompanied by a Refund/Transfer request form. A Refund/Transfer request form, and our Refund Policy are also available at our customer service locations.

Registrations paid by cash or check will be refunded by a City check. Credit card purchases will be refunded to the credit card used to register for the program. It may take up to three weeks to receive refund checks. Refunds may be prorated to cover nonrefundable costs such as service fees, partial class attendance, materials, prepaid transportation, and tickets. Once the following programs have started, no refunds will be given: day camps, gymnastics camps, specialty camps, or one-day programs.

Financial Assistance:


Youth/Teen Financial Assistance, July 2020 - June 2021: At this time, the City of Novato is not accepting Youth/Teen Financial Assistance applications or providing scholarship funds for Parks and Recreation programming. Please check our website regularly for updates. 


Seniors meeting the financial eligibility requirements are currently eligible to receive a scholarship. Funding is available on a “first come, first served basis.” For more information, call 415-899-8290. Click here to download an application or pick one up at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Road. 

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