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August 2,2021
Marin County Covid Update


DATE OF ORDER: August 2, 2021
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 3, 2021

On July 27, 2021, CDC updated guidance for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant. CDC recommends that fully vaccinated persons wear a mask in public indoor settings. It also now recommends that fully vaccinated persons get tested after close contact with infected persons. On July 28, 2021 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) aligned its Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings with the CDC and recommends universal masking in public indoor settings statewide. CDC and CDPH also endorsed that fully vaccinated people at higher risk for COVID-19 infection, as well as unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated persons consider wearing a mask in non-public indoor settings. Household transmission and small gatherings are major drivers of COVID-19 transmission in Marin County.

Universal indoor use of face coverings, also known as masking, is the least disruptive and most immediately effective additional measure to take. This Order is part of a strategy to support the continued operations of businesses, activities, and schools. The Health Officer strongly supports the full reopening of in-person classes for all grades at the beginning of the 2021/2022 school year. Universal indoor use of face coverings will allow minimal physical distancing and targeted quarantine protocols, keeping students in school.

Health officials urge people of all ages to get vaccinated, not just for their own health but for the health of those around them. The Marin County Public Health website GetVaccinatedMarin.org includes a list of pop-up vaccination clinics at locations throughout the county. The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 website is updated regularly with the latest localized and statewide information about the virus.   
See the County’s full news release
Photo Credit: Rod Milstead
Drought Water Restrictions are in Effect for All of Marin County

With reservoirs at historic lows, Marin Water's board of directors declared a water shortage emergency and adopted mandatory water use restrictions to help preserve our water supply. The goal of the mandatory restrictions is to achieve a 40 percent reduction in water use districtwide. We are monitoring drought conditions carefully and additional restrictions will be added as needed. 

Spray irrigation is limited to one day a week. Each community has a designated watering day. Spray irrigation on Saturday and Sunday is not allowed. The designated watering day for Fairfax is Friday.

MMWD wants to help you conserve water. One option is a Flume flow meter that attaches to your existing water meter making DIY installation fast and easy. Through a WiFi connection, Flume gives you information about your water use, potential leaks, and incidences of high water use in real-time. 

MMWD is now offering Flume flow meters for just $50, after installation, to single-family residential customers.

Now is the Time to Clear Brush from Our Homes and Be Prepared

Ross Valley Fire reminds us how important defensible space is. Defensible space will slow or stop the spread of wildfire and protect your home from catching fire – either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important to help protect firefighters when they are defending your home. 
The Town of Fairfax is offering grants to help with clearing brush for low income residents who might otherwise not be able to afford to do this important work.

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) is servicing each home in Fairfax twice between May 17-September 27th. You need to pre-register for the pick-up service on one of the two days available to your neighborhood.

For instructions on how to prepare your materials for pick up visit:
Outdoor Dining Survey

In November of 2020 in response to covid 19 restrictions on indoor dining, the Fairfax Town Council began issuing permits to restaurants and dance and yoga studios for temporary encroachment on public space. Temporary use permits were also issued for businesses to use outdoor space on private property adjacent to their businesses. 

In May of 2021, the Town Council extended the permits until May of 2022. We invite you to participate in our Outdoor Dining survey and share your thoughts about the current use, and potential future uses of public space in the downtown. 

Feel free to be inventive and share your vision for downtown Fairfax! 
Your input is crucial and appreciated.
Welcome to our Interim Public Works Director

The Town of Fairfax is happy to announce that Jonathon Goldman has agreed to serve the Town of Fairfax as our Interim Public Works Director effective Monday, August 2, 2021. 

Jonathon has over 20 years of Public Works experience working in the public sector, 15 years as Director. Additionally Jonathon has over 20 years experience working in the private sector. Jonathon holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from MIT. Jonathon has lived in Marin with his family for 20 years.
Jonathon will be formally introduced to the community at the August 4th Town Council meeting. 
Please join us in welcoming Jonathon to our exceptional community. We are so grateful to have his experience to keep the various Capital Projects moving forward and to assist the Town in its recruitment efforts in the search of the permanent Public Works Director.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Town Council Meeting
August 4th - 7pm

Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee Meeting
August 5th - 7pm

Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting
August 9th - 7pm

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.

Fairfax Farmers Market in Bolinas Park
Wednesdays 4-8pm
Free Concert on Ballfield
Friday, August 6th

The Town of Fairfax is proud to present a free concert featuring Tom Finch. A community night out to enjoy music, picnic on the lawn and time reconnecting with friends.

The 4th Annual Fairfax Artwalk is back! 
Please mark your calendars: Friday, September 24, 5-8pm  
Interested artists please contact pascalberandesign@yahoo.com to participate.
Town-wide Community Picnic
September 19th
The Fairfax Volunteers will be bringing back the Town-wide picnic to the Contratti Ball Field! Music line up will be teen band Banana Soup, the Nick Brown & Friends and Last Chance Summer Dance, which will feature 80’s Motown Dance Music assembled by Jason Minkler. 

More details will be available soon, so stay posted!
Fairfax Recreation
New Parents and Babies Group - Starting this Week!
Thursday, August 5  

We are thrilled to resume one of our flagship programs. This offering is FREE to new parents and their babies and is an opportune way to connect after many months of the pandemic.   
Other Town News
We Invite you to Participate in the Housing Element Process

The Town of Fairfax and EMC Planning Group, our Housing Element firm, welcome you to participate in in a discussion about the Housing Element update on the Town's online public engagement platform - www.fairfaxspeaks.com. We invite everyone to the table to determine what kind and where you want housing in Fairfax. 

Plus, if you register online you are eligible for free prizes, courtesy of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Please join us today and help us plan for Fairfax's future.
Want to Get Involved? Join a Board or Commission!

Do you want to make a real difference in 2021? Consider joining a board or commission for the Town of Fairfax. There are openings on the Climate Action Committee, Marin County Commission on Aging, Parks and Recreation Commission, Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee and Volunteer Board.

You can pick up your FREE Evacuation Tags at the Fairfax Police Department

The Fairfax Police Department in partnership with the Ross Valley Fire Department is giving away evacuation tags to residents living in the Town of Fairfax, Marin County, California. Evacuation tags are a new tool to help us more quickly ensure that neighborhoods are evacuated during a disaster. Residents affix the tag in a location that is highly visible when they evacuate (mailbox, front door, garage, end of your driveway).

Read more about how Evacuation Tags work here.
Rental Assistance Programs

If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, please contact the programs below.

Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
For the application and information about the program and how to apply visit the County of Marin's website.

Fairfax Rental Assistance Program
The Town Council has established a Residential Rental Assistance Program to assist extremely low-income Fairfax renters whose household incomes were adversely affected by COVID-19. The program is administered by St.Vincent de Paul and Ritter Center. If you are in need of assistance or have questions, please call 415-454-3303 X11 to leave a message. Calls will be returned in the order they are received.
MCE Cares Credit

As part of MCE’s ongoing COVID relief efforts, we are offering bill credits to help those most financially impacted. Eligible residential customers can receive the MCE Cares Credit of $10/month, and small business customers are eligible for a 20% monthly discount on their electric generation charges. The MCE Cares Credit will be through December 2021.

PG&E Programs to Help Those Impacted by the Pandemic

Customers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now find new and updated information and web resources on various programs available to those who are behind on their bills and/or needing financial assistance due to the ongoing pandemic by going to: pge.com/covid19
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