Larimer County Moving to Safer at Home Level 2 - New Restrictions May Impact Your Business

Unfortunately, Larimer County is moving to Safer at Home Level 2 as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020. Business has been a strong partner in the fight against COVID. We need your help to continue to bring our numbers back down to the rates we had this summer.

Here are the changes to be aware of:

  • Maximum attendees at indoor worship services are reduced from 175 to 50 people
  • Maximum attendees at gyms are reduced from 75 to 50 people
  • Maximum attendees at restaurants (indoors) decrease from 175 to 50 (or up to 100 if the space has adequate social distancing)
    • Outdoor seating remains the same with 6' physical distancing between parties
  • Maximum participants for group sports are reduced from 50 to 25 per activity
  • Maximum attendees for indoor events are reduced from 175 to 100, and stays at 175 for outdoor events
  • Last call will remain at 11:00 p.m.

As well, the county is encouraging everyone to “protect their bubble” at home. Keep any personal gatherings small to keep it safe, especially in the next three weeks.

KeepNoCoOpen resources are available at to help you with messaging.

The Larimer County Health Department will be working with businesses to work through the new capacity limitations. Please contact the Health Department through one of these options:

  • Call the Joint Information Center: 970-498-5500 (open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm)
  • Text us questions: 970-999-1770 
  • Email us: Submit your general questions and concerns about the Safer at Home order and reopening guidance here.

To provide updates on this situation and answer your questions the Larimer County Health Department hosts weekly question and answer sessions. All businesses are invited to join us for the next 1-hour session, Thursday, November 12 at  2:00 p.m. via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance.

Contact the Larimer County Health Department

Calling All Fort Collins Food & Beverage Businesses - Llamando A Todas Las Empresas De Alimentos & Bebidas

The City of Fort Collins is inviting restaurants, bars, brewers, and other food & beverage businesses to apply for the Small Business Assistance Program Phase 3. The Small Business Assistance Program is a $1.8M 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 next phase of the program, which is specific to food & beverage businesses, will launch Wednesday, November 4, 2020, and will close on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Learn more

La ciudad de Fort Collins está invitando a restaurantes, bares, cervecerías y otras empresas de alimentos y bebidas a solicitar la Fase 3 del Programa de Asistencia para Pequeñas Empresas. El Programa de Asistencia para Pequeñas Empresas es un programa de asistencia financiera de $ 1.8 millones a través de fondos federales para el alivio del coronavirus para brindar alivio a empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que se han visto afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19. La siguiente fase del programa, que es específica para los negocios de alimentos y bebidas, se lanzará el miércoles 4 de noviembre de 2020 y cerrará el miércoles 11 de noviembre del 2020 a las 5:00 p.m. Aprenda más

Colorado Winter Outdoor Grants Application
The Colorado Restaurant Foundation established an emergency assistance program within the Foundation to assist Colorado restaurants affected by COVID-19, called the Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program. The Program is designated for Colorado restaurants that have demonstrated financial need during COVID-19 as defined by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Please note that funds are limited. Applicants to the small business Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program may or may not receive a grant from the Program.

Business Holiday Support
Register your Business on the new Fort Collins Marketplace - Launching in November, Visit Fort Collins has developed an e-commerce website to showcase local businesses and their products. Businesses will have the ability to sell products on the platform.
  • Curious how it will look and work? Take a look at these videos for a sneak peek.
  • Click here for more information and to fill out a participation form.
  • Information sessions will be hosted Mondays at 1:00 PM and Thursdays at 2:00 PM.
    • Attend Monday's session here.
    • Attend Thursday's session here.
Is your business ready for Holiday Shoppers? Google for Small Business is taking the guesswork out of this season with personalized recommendations to help you meet shoppers where they are across Google Search, Shopping and Maps.

    Things to Know & Upcoming Events
    • Pivot Larimer County - The online resources and Pivot Jumpstart sessions are designed to help Larimer County businesses manage the turbulent times they face with COVID-19 and other disruptions we face. Learn more and sign up here.
    • Restaurant Survey - The City is gathering restaurant industry information to better understand the climate due to the public health emergency. Please take 5 – 10 minutes to complete this survey online to assist us in learning more about the industry.
    • Telework Survey - The pandemic has resulted in many jobs moving to teleworking or remote work. The City is hoping to gather feedback from businesses and organizations on their current telework policies as well as gauge interest in willingness to shift to telework in the future. Please click here to access a short survey. Your responses will help us create teleworking resources.
    • The Northern Colorado Business Challenges during the COVID-19 Emergency Survey (Fall 2020) is now open. This information will be used to better serve our business community in our response and recovery efforts as well as to communicate the business needs, challenges and resilience to our elected leaders, funding partners and community partners. Please click here to take the 10-minute survey.   
    • City of Fort Collins 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).
      • Funds are limited, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
      • The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 7.
    • Colorado COVID Legal Relief - Available in Spanish - Colorado COVID Legal Relief offer FREE legal aid to Colorado small businesses facing challenges due to COVID19. The webpage is now available in Spanish.
    • Comcast RISE Grants Now Available for Minority-Owned Businesses - created to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support. Application deadline is this Saturday, November 7
      Upcoming Events:
      • COVID-19 Case Numbers are Rising in Larimer County Which May Impact Your Business. Chat with Larimer’s Health Department
        • All businesses are invited to join us on Thursday, November 5, at 2:00 pm via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance. 

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      Check out for tools and resources created to help your business reopen safely and strongly while gaining support from loyal customers and community members.

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