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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

There are several important updates to share with you this week, including expansions of both the Small Business Assistance Program and outdoor dining and retail opportunities. In addition, the City, County and CSU will host a joint Community COVID Briefing tomorrow evening. This will be an important conversation focused on how these three organizations are working together to protect public health and reduce the spread of the virus as we head into fall. I hope you’ll join us – details are below.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager


Expanded Outdoor Dining and Retail to Continue 
The City will continue to allow expanded outdoor dining to help local businesses during COVID-19 The expanded dining areas will be permitted until the end of COVID-19 related emergency orders, which are currently in effect indefinitely. The areas are meant to allow for increased physical distancing for dining and retail patrons.

Since May, restaurants, bars, breweries, retail, and other similar establishments have been able to apply to the City to open an outdoor seating or retail area on a sidewalk or in public parking spaces in accordance with state guidelines.

Businesses that wish to continue expanded dining and retail may do so but need to submit plans to the City should they add features like heaters for the colder months. Outdoor dining/retail information for businesses is available online at and under “Resources.”

Businesses that do not currently have expanded outdoor dining/retail may apply for the program here.

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Small Business Assistance Program Invites More Businesses to Apply
The City is launching expanded criteria for the Small Business Assistance Program, as well as a new criteria specifically for single employee businesses. The Small Business Assistance Program is a $1.6M financial assistance program through Coronavirus Relief Federal funds to provide relief to businesses and nonprofits that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial phase of the program closed on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. The next phase of the program, which includes a change in criteria to the existing program and an expansion of the program to include single employee businesses, launches today, September 30, and will close on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The application is also available in Spanish.

El programa de Asistencia para Pequenos Negocios y Invita a Mas Negocios a Enviar Solicitud 
La Ciudad está presentando su criterio ampliado para el Programa de asistencia para pequeños negocios, así como un nuevo criterio específicamente para negocios con un/a solo/a empleado/a. El Programa de asistencia para pequeños negocios, así como el nuevo criterio específicamente diseñado para negocios con un/a solo/a empleado/a. La asistencia financiera del programa de asistencia para pequeños negocios es un programa de $1.6 millones de dólares a través de los fondos federales Coronavirus Relief, con el objetivo de proveer alivio a los negocios y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que han sido afectados por la pandemia del COVID-19. La fase inicial del programa culminó el miércoles 23 de septiembre del 2020. La próxima fase del programa incluirá un cambio de criterio al programa ya existente, y una expansión del programa para incluir a negocios con un/a solo/a empleado/a, el cual iniciará el miércoles 30 de septiembre del 2020, y cerrará el miércoles 7 de octubre del 2020,s a las 5:00 p.m.

La solicitud también estarán disponibles en español.

Learn More - Aprenda Más


Working Together for a Healthy Community - Community COVID Briefing Oct. 1
This Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m., listen in as community leaders provide the latest updates about COVID-19 in Fort Collins and Larimer County, including Colorado State University.

The online Community COVID Briefing will feature updates on current cases, testing and surveillance, and the ways the City, CSU and Larimer County are working together to protect public health by slowing the spread of the virus with the help and active cooperation of all of us, together. Panelists include:

  • Darin Atteberry - City Manager, City of Fort Collins
  • Tom Gonzalez - Public Health Director, Larimer County
  • Joyce McConnell – President, Colorado State University

You can submit questions through Zoom during the briefing. The Zoom webinar is limited to 500 people, and those who are not planning to ask questions can also watch the live stream of the briefing.

Event details:

For questions about the briefing, please contact: Amanda King at or 970-221-6207, Katie O’Donnell at or 970-498-6750, or Mike Hooker at or 970-491-1545. 

COVID-19 Resources
2-1-1 connects Coloradans with human service resources statewide. Visit, dial 2-1-1 or text your Zip Code to 898-211. Do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions unless it is a medical emergency.

2-1-1 provides navigation services in several areas:  

  • Housing, including shelters and transitional services
  • Rent and utility assistance
  • SNAP benefits
  • Childcare
  • Food/meals
  • Transportation
  • Clothing/personal/household needs
  • Mental health and substance use disorders
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Medical & dental clinics
  • Other government/economic services

2-1-1 Resource Navigators help by phone Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and are able to translate over 170 languages. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 toll-free by dialing 866-760-6489. 

2-1-1 Online

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 stay open.
Larimer County COVID-19 Risk Dashboard

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