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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: The scoop on tennis, golf, & skate parks, the County launches, & More

Posted on May 4, 2020

Last week, the County of Marin released an extension of the current Public Health Order through May 31 reducing some restrictions already in place. This new order includes an extension of the Park Closure Order with some exceptions that go into effect today, Monday, May 4, 2020. These measures remain in place to continue to protect the health and safety of our community.

Even though San Rafael’s parks and open space remain closed to motorized access, except for disabled individuals who have valid disabled placards or license plates, activities such as golftennis, and skate parks are now open for use with some guidelines and restrictions, yes!

Thank you San Rafael for continuing stay resilient and for doing your part to help your community, we appreciate you! Oh, and to our Star Wars fans out there—may the fourth be with you 😊.

Phases to Reopening Marin County

Marin County’s COVID-19 response is divided into three broad phases. Each phase has criteria that must be met before moving to the next phase to continue our successful mitigation of COVID-19 while building the infrastructure needed to move forward. The County has published a press release that outlines our process to engage our community as we take steps to rebuild. This new website outlines the countywide process to engage our community as we take steps to rebuild.

Supervisor Katie Rice, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors, announces the launch of, which will serve as a central hub for information and guidance as we move toward a reopening.


A Video Message from the Mayor

Did you get a chance to checkout the latest video message from San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips? He was joined by County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Wills to discuss the updated Public Health Order, Marin hospital preparedness, testing opportunities– including a new location in San Rafael, and the criteria necessary for a safe return to “normal.”


Testing Site Launches in the Canal Neighborhood

A new COVID-19 testing site launched today in the Canal neighborhood. Testing is free, and available to anyone regardless of health coverage. Results will not be shared with the federal government. People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and essential workers will be prioritized to receive testing. Testing is by appointment only; registration is available online with multi-lingual staff available to assist.

This site is a part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to offer additional testing sites to under-served communities across California, and is provided through a partnership between Marin County Public Health, the State of California, OptumServe, and several community organizations.


City Council Meeting Tonight

It’s Monday, and our virtual chambers are open to you! Join us to learn about the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to hear the Council discuss several initial programs to aid in recovery.  Don’t forget, the meeting will be streamed live on our YouTube Channel. To have your comments read aloud, write PUBLIC COMMENT  before your message in the live chat section on YouTube. You can also participate by telephone by calling (669) 900-9128, check out tonight’s City Council video description for the meeting ID.  Also, if you want your name included make sure to introduce yourself!

Not interested in commenting live? Email your comments to Lindsay Lara, City Clerk, prior to the meeting.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. 



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