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In this issue of City News, you’ll find out what steps you can take to Keep NoCo Open, how to provide input on housing in Fort Collins, and how you can explore artists' studios from the comfort of your home.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

New State & County COVID-19 Guidelines

In response to recent increases in COVID-19 cases, test positivity rate and hospitalizations, both Governor Polis and the Larimer County Health Department announced new health orders on Friday, Oct. 23. 

The County’s Emergency Public Health Order, went into effect at 11 p.m. Friday and requires the following changes for Larimer County residents and businesses:

  • Recreational sports will be limited to players who reside in Larimer County and neighboring counties (Weld, Boulder). 
  • Organized recreational and league sports are limited to 2 spectators per player with no more than 50% of capacity, up to 100 spectators in indoor facilities, and 175 in outdoor facilities.
  • Personal indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households.
  • Restaurants and bars as permitted to operate per CDPHE Order 20-35 shall cease alcohol beverage sales to consumers for on-premises consumption and for takeout at 11:00 P.M.
  • All Non-Critical Office-Based Businesses are encouraged to further increase remote work options and reduce in-person work to the greatest extent possible.

The City is assessing if/how these changes may impact operations. Please visit the County’s COVID-19 Dashboard for the most current numbers.

Read More on the Public Health Order

You Still Have Time to Vote
Drop off your ballot before 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 at a local 24-hour drop-off location like:
  • Traffic Operations (626 Linden)
  • Fort Collins Police Services (2221 S. Timberline)
  • Senior Center (1200 Raintree)
  • Colorado State University Lory Student Center
View All Ballot Box Locations

Working Together to Keep NoCo Open

Rising COVID-19 numbers in Larimer County mean we need to stay vigilant to Keep NoCo Open. Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19. What can we all do to help?

  • Wear a mask when outside your home and near others.
  • Support local businesses (gift cards, curbside pick-up, a takeout potluck for your Thanksgiving meal!).
  • Keep caring for each other (This situation is hard, but kindness is free.).
  • Avoid large gatherings and stay physically distant when you’re around others (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Wash your hands (You should be doing this already, but it's especially important right now!).
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well or have been exposed.

Let's work together, take care of each other and Keep NoCo Open!

And don't forget to check out for stories, tools, resources, and ideas for both business and community members to help our businesses reopen strongly and safely.

For Fort Collins Resources

Light Up the Night with Your Bike

FC Moves is giving away free front and rear bike lights this year as we “fall back” off of Daylight Savings Time. A white front light is required when biking in low light conditions. Pair with a red rear light, and you can improve your safety and visibility while riding. November giveaways are:

Thursday, Nov. 5
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Poudre Trail at Whitewater Park

Monday, Nov. 16
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Swallow Road near RMHS

For more information, visit Please wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.

New Exhibit Debuts at The Lincoln Center Art Gallery

The Right To Herself exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment—its complicated promise of human rights, liberty and equity—and the search for agency through diverse works of art. This free exhibition reflects on the vote as a promise for agency and voice within society, and its relationship to diverse communities. In featuring these themes, the exhibition will recall, reclaim and reimagine the power of women from different racial, ethnic and class-based histories in front of the lens and rectify their lacking presence within photography and art history.

The exhibition is organized by the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins. It is exhibiting jointly at The Lincoln Center Art Gallery and the Clara Hatton Gallery at the CSU Visual Arts Building, be sure to visit both galleries to see the full exhibition. 

The Right to Herself exhibition is now open in The Lincoln Center Art Gallery by reservation, Noon to 3:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday, through November 28. There will be a Virtual Closing Reception Tuesday, November 24, 5-6 p.m.

Learn More & Reserve Your Visit

Shop Early Local and Safe This Holiday Season

The 2020 holiday shopping season is just around the corner and the City is encouraging community members to shop early, shop local and shop safely.

Shopping early will help businesses avoid crowds and long lines in their stores, allowing everyone to maintain physical distancing. Shopping local will support our local businesses and employees and help keep your favorite local spots open. And shopping safely – following physical distancing protocols, wearing a face covering and washing your hands – will help keep everyone healthy.

Throughout the month of November, City Council members will be visiting local businesses in their respective districts to show support for this initiative. These businesses will be featured on the City’s social media channels throughout the holiday season. Other special incentives and initiatives to encourage early, safe and local shopping will be shared on the City’s business recovery page.

More Ways to Support Local Businesses

Fort Collins Artist Studio Tour Moves Online

To keep our artists and community members safe, the City's Cultural Services Department has taken their traditional in-person Fort Collins Artist Studio Tour and Sale online. The Fort Collins Virtual Artist Studio Tour offers the opportunity to connect with artists in Fort Collins and nearby areas. Visit the tour website to discover and connect with the studios of over 30 local painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, jewelers, furniture makers, fiber artists, and some that defy categorization - shown here is the studio of Birdy Harrison. The virtual studio tour site will be live through December 31 as a resource to find unique holiday gifts.

Take the Tour!

Share Your Thoughts on Housing

Do you have an opinion on housing in Fort Collins? The City is currently updating the Housing Strategic Plan, and we’re looking for input from everyone in our community.

The plan will help guide housing policy, set housing goals and create a framework for City investments in the housing system in the years to come.

Get Involved

Election Sign Disposal
Wondering what to do with political signs after the election? Most election signs are not recyclable and should not be put in your curbside recycling bin.

  • Signs made of corrugated plastic should be thrown away in the trash.
  • Plastic sleeve-style signs (made of stretchy plastic material like grocery bags) can be recycled as plastic film at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center (1903 S. Timberline Rd.).
  • Election signs made of cardboard or paperboard can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at recycling drop-off locations after removing the metal wicket.
  • Metal sign wickets on all types of signs can be recycled as scrap metal at local scrap metal dealers or taken to the Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard ($5 entry fee applies).

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