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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Before You Re-Open for Business

Before You Re-Open for Business

Before You Re-Open for Business
 

State

Governor Jared Polis has issued an update on how the state is responding to COVID-19 and introduced the Level 3: Protect Our Neighbors phase. Protect Our Neighbors means that communities that meet certain criteria have less stringent restrictions than under Stay-At-Home and Safer-At-Home. Communities may permit activities at 50% of pre-pandemic capacity, with at least 6 feet between non-household members, and no more than 500 people in one setting at a time. Communities that can demonstrate strong public health and health care systems - paired with low virus levels - should take on more control over their own reopening plans. Strong local public health and health care systems are the key to reopening the economy. Different communities will be at different phases, based on local conditions and capabilities.

The CO Department of Public Health & Environment and the CO State of Emergency Operations Center has created industry-specific checklists that businesses must follow prior to reopening.

Please submit your additional questions or concerns here.

*Please note that local governments can choose to enact stricter guidance than the state -- like extending the Stay-at-Home order within the local government’s jurisdiction.

Larimer County

Fort Collins

  • Face coverings are now mandatory for all persons (customers and employees) to wear face coverings when entering and while inside retail and commercial businesses. For information can be found here.
  • Sign up your business to be apart of the Support Fort Collins Business, a tool that maps out businesses offering online sales, gift cards, delivery, take-out, and other specials. 
  • Looking for face coverings, cleaning, and safety supplies for your business?
    • Visit NoCoSafetySupply.com, a marketplace for small business safety gear. Post what you have or what you need to keep northern Colorado employees and workplaces safe.
  • Important Water Quality Message - If you have questions about building flushing practices or your water quality in general before opening your building, please email VXRpbGl0aWVzQ3VzdG9tZXJBY2NvdW50c0BmY2dvdi5jb20= or call 970-416-4268.
City Leniencies - COVID-19

City Leniencies - COVID-19

"Three for Free" parking ends; parking structures to resume normal operations. Normal parking enforcement will resume at City of Fort Collins parking structures on Oct. 1 following the “three for free” promotion earlier this summer.

  • Parking will still be free for the first hour, and then $1 per hour for each additional hour at all parking structures.

City Zoning suspends permitting for some temporary signs placed by essential businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

Utility CARES Act Assistance - Small business customers may request financial assistance totaling $1,200 or less for past-due Fort Collins Utilities bills dated May 1 or later (electric, water, stormwater and wastewater services).

  • The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 12.
  • Apply early. Funds are limited, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Approved funds will be applied directly to commercial customer accounts as bill credits within 30 days of applying.
  • For more information, please visit Fort Collins Utilities CARES Act Grant Program
Colorado Face Covering Order

Face Covering Order - Downloadable Mask Signage

Face Covering Order - Downloadable Mask Signage
 

The State's order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:

  • When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
  • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger.
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.

Businesses must:

  • Refuse service to people who are not wearing masks.
  • Post signs at entrances that instruct customers they must wear a mask when entering or moving around inside the business.
    • Half and full size face covering posters available for download.

NoCo Safety Supply - Looking for face coverings, cleaning, and safety supplies for your business?

  • Visit NoCoSafetySupply.com, a marketplace for small business safety gear. Post what you have or what you need to keep northern Colorado employees and workplaces safe.

Q&A's

Expanded Outdoor Dining During COVID-19

The City of Fort Collins is launching temporary outdoor dining expansions for restaurant and bars, which temporarily allows restaurants, bars, and retail businesses to expand their business footprint onto the public rights-of-way. Businesses must apply for, and be approved to use additional public space.

 Overview: 

  • Fort Collins has created a temporary program to expand options for restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor patio settings adjacent to their businesses. 
  • The intent of the program is to allow for greater social distancing and safety for bar and restaurant‐goers when public health orders allow restaurants and bars to resume sit‐down service. 
  • To gauge interest, Fort Collins has created an application for businesses for the City to review. 
  • Final rules and regulations are in development. Under this program, Fort Collins would consider allowing businesses to expand existing patio space or establish new outdoor areas, potentially including parking lots, sidewalks, street parking spaces, and possibly closing select streets to expand outdoor operating areas. The City would maintain ADA access at all times. 

Requirements: 

  • All outdoor seating must be spaced at least six feet apart. 
  • It is strongly encouraged to test workforce for COVID-19.  
  • Use single-use paper menus, condiments, etc. 
  • Provide easily accessible sanitizing options for patrons and employees. 
  • It is strongly encouraged to implement contact-less ordering and payment processes. 
  • All restaurants are encouraged to use a reservation system to prevent capacity issues and patrons from congregating while waiting for service. 
  • Facial coverings must be worn by all staff members. 
  • Request facial covering of customers when not eating or drinking (i.e., walking past other tables to be seated and/or using restroom).
  • Floor markings for traffic control and waiting queue space is highly recommended.
  • Limit contact with dining guests by reducing the number of visits wait staff make to each table. 
  • Maintain ADA access at all times in the public right-of-way. 

Find a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

Last Call Guidance:

  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) based on the Governor’s Executive Order D2020-199 are as such (identified due to our Safer at Home, Level 1 status) regarding alcohol. County guidance. State guidance.
    • Take Out/Away Service  - Ends at 11PM
    • In Person – Ends at 12AM
    • Delivery – Ends at 2AM

Apply for an Outdoor Dining Expansion Permit

Join the #ForFortCollins Campaign

Supporting Fort Collins Business - #ForFortCollins

Tell the Community how you are #ForFortCollins - Use the ForFortCollins Social Post Creator to generate customized #ForFortCollins and #ForFoCo social media posts! All you have to do is customize, download and post to share how you can be #ForFortCollins.

For Businesses:

Check out these tools and resources created to help you gain support from loyal customers and community members while ensuring their health and safety through physical distancing.

For the Community:

Attention community champions: Fort Collins is counting on you! Check out these marketing resources to guide you while you rally behind local business owners and organizations, so they can come back stronger than before!

Visit ForFortCollins.com to learn more ways to help your favorite local businesses!

#ForFortCollins

NoCo Recovers - One-stop Shop for Business Recovery Information

NoCo Recovers - One-stop Shop for Business Recovery Information

NoCo Recovers - One-stop Shop for Business Recovery Information
 

The new NoCo Recovers website is a one-stop shop for business recovery information in Northern Colorado. NoCoRecovers.com provides a single source of up-to-date information on potential funding resources available to support Northern Colorado's business community, including regular updates on the CARES Act's Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The website also features a COVID-19 Business Resource Hub, where businesses can easily sort through resources based on industry, geography and type of need.

Visit NoCo Recovers

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