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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

I hope you have been able to enjoy the cooler weather these last few days – it’s hard to believe we are moving into the fall. As we head toward this holiday weekend, I encourage you to get outside and enjoy some of your favorite activities. However, please also take care to celebrate and recreate safely by avoiding any large parties or other gatherings, maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet, and wearing a face covering inside public places and outside when you cannot maintain distance. Larimer County has been successful in keeping the virus spread relatively low – let’s keep it that way.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City
Safe Ways to Celebrate Labor Day
Try one (or all!) of these five City of Fort Collins favorites:
  1. Explore the Butterfly House at the Gardens on Spring Creek for an intimate view of 300+ butterflies and 100+ varieties of tropical plants. Check out the Garden’s 12-acre botanical oasis when you’re done!
  2. Ride miles & miles of bikes trails connecting you to nature, main thoroughfares and our amazing local businesses. Pro tip: Use our low-stress bike networks if other trails are busy.
  3. Hike one of 40 Natural Areas and be sure to check webcams before you go.
  4. Tour our public art, from murals to painted transformer cabinets to Pianos about Town (and more!). Our Art in Public Places team even has maps of installations so you can create your own FoCo Art Tour.
  5. Play a round of golf on one of three City golf courses. You can get outdoors & enjoy plenty of personal space and friendly competition. 

Labor Day Closure Info
In honor of Labor Day, all City offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7. The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, most recreation facilities and all library branches will also be closed. Edora Pool and Ice Center will maintain regular hours. The Gardens on Spring Creek will also remain open. Essential services such as fire, police and utilities will continue as usual, but Transfort services will not be available.

Due to COVID-19, some City facilities, including City Park Pool, are already closed to the public. Visit here for a full list of closures due to COVID-19. All City offices and facilities will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

City Fire Ban
Restrictions on outdoor burning have been recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment during the COVID-19 response, as respiratory impacts of COVID-19 can be compounded by smoke. Taking this into account, along with the hot and dry conditions, and the air quality impacts of both local and regional wildfires, the City has issued a fire ban that works in accordance with similar bans already at State and County levels.

The City's Fire Restrictions, effective Monday, August 31, prohibit open burning of solid fuels, including but not limited to: wood burning campfires, portable or built-in outdoor wood burning fire pits, and charcoal grills. Exemptions Include:
  • Liquid or gas-fueled fires in fire pits, grills, and camp stoves.
  • Indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves
Fire Restriction Info

Business
COMING SOON! The City's Small Business Assistance Program
The City is launching a financial assistance program with CARES Act funds to distribute a total of $1.5 million to businesses by end of year. This assistance of up to $7,500 per business will not have to be repaid. The application will be available Tuesday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 23.
 
¡Próximamente! Solicite El Programa De Asistencia Para Pequeños Negocios
La ciudad de Fort Collins está lanzando un programa de asistencia financiera a través de los fondos de CARES Act para proveer asistencia de hasta un máximo de $7,500 a los negocios. La ciudad estará distribuyendo un total de $1.5 millones de dólares a los negocios a través del programa, antes de fin de año. La asistencia no tendrá que volver a pagarse. La solicitud estará disponible a partir del martes 8 de septiembre hasta el miércoles 23 de septiembre.
 
Para ayuda en español por favor contacte a Natalia Infante Caylor a admin@InfanteConsultingandResearch.com o llame al (970) 488-9047.
Small Business Assistance Program

Community
The Gardens on Spring Creek Community Blood Drive
Due to COVID-19, some medical facilities are experiencing blood shortages as regular donors contribute less often. The Gardens on Spring Creek is hosting a blood drive in conjunction with UCHealth on September 10:
  • Appointments are limited and required. Please sign up in advance.
  • Masks are required for both staff and donors.
  • If you would like to save time day of donation and fill out the required paperwork in advance, please email Kaitlin.Zobel@UCHealth.org.

    Read more about blood donation eligibility here.

    Sign Up

    Environment

    Idling Gets You Nowhere
    Like many of us, you may be waiting curbside in your vehicle more than usual during COVID-19. You may not know, however, that idling a vehicle for more than ten seconds uses more fuel and creates more harmful emissions than turning off and restarting your engine. Idling fumes are linked to asthma, decreased lung function, cardiac disease, cancer and other serious health issues.

    Community members play an important role in improving air quality in Fort Collins. Reduce idling by turning off your engine if you are waiting more than 30 seconds. This is especially important:

    • At rail crossings
    • While waiting for curbside pick-ups and deliveries
    • In drive-thru lanes
    • In your neighborhood
    • In school drop-off zones
    Learn More & Take the Pledge

    County Health

    Larimer County Public Health's Risk Dashboard helps community members understand risk and COVID-19 data relevant to our county. The dashboard highlights the early warning indicators to monitor the health of our hospital systems and COVID-19 case data. Some indicators are updated daily, while hospital data will be updated three times a week.

    Wearing a face covering is something we all can – and should – continue to do to protect each other. Wearing a face covering, even when you feel healthy, reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and frequent cleaning all help slow the spread of the virus and must continue in order to allow Larimer County to move forward with reopening.
    Larimer County COVID-19 Risk Dashboard

    Emergency Preparedness & Security
    City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave
    Fort Collins, CO 80521