COVID-19 Cases on the Rise - New Restrictions May Impact Your Business

Larimer County has moved to Safer at Home Level 2 last Friday, November 6, 2020, which means more restrictions for certain businesses.

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.

Testing for COVID-19 is in high demand right now. If you have been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you must quarantine away from others for 14 days even if you feel fine. It can take up to 14 days to start having symptoms and to test positive if you contract the virus after being exposed. Do not delay starting quarantine while waiting to be tested or while waiting for a test result, as you could be infectious to others during that time. For information about testing in Larimer County, visit: https://bit.ly/35hIqR5.

KeepNoCoOpen resources are available at NoCoRecovers.com to help you with messaging.

The Larimer County Health Department will be working with businesses to work through the new capacity limitations. If you have questions please:

  • 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 19 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

    PIVOT Larimer County Now Open - Cohort Spots Going Quickly

    Larimer County and Colorado State University are partnering together to support the long-term stability of local businesses and organizations, due to the challenges faced by the COVID-19 outbreak. With changing customer habits and new health requirements, many businesses are needing to ‘pivot’ their business model to adapt to the changing times. In response, CSU’s College of Business will provide free resources to Larimer County business owners to learn how to ‘pivot’ their business and develop a long-term resiliency plan.

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    Business Holiday Support
    Shop Local Pledge is happening now! - The 2020 holiday shopping season is in full swing and the City of Fort Collins is encouraging community members to shop early, local and safe! Share your commitment to shop local on social media and receive a $25 Noco Nosh gift card to fuel up after the gift buying is done. Share & encourage your customers to take the pledge.

    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
      • The Colorado Outdoor Winter Dining Grant Program Round 1 Closes Today! - The Program is designated for Colorado restaurants that have demonstrated financial need during COVID-19. 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. Round 2 will open Monday, November 30, 2020.
      • 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.
      • Free De-Escalation Training for Businesses - Looking for resources on de-escalating tense situations at your workplace? Watch and share the videos with staff now.
      • Colorado COVID Legal Relief - Colorado COVID Legal Relief offer FREE legal aid to Colorado small businesses facing challenges due to COVID19. The webpage is now available in Spanish.
      • 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.   
        Upcoming Events:
          • Entrepreneurial Preservation - Having financial challenges? Is your bank or landlord sending you notices or documents you don’t understand? The Colorado SBDC, along with the Turnaround Management Association, has assembled a panel of experts to discuss the situations that you may be facing in these rugged economic times on November 17, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Register here.
          • 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 19, at 2:00 pm via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance. 

          Sign up for weekly updates from the City of Fort Collins Emergency Preparedness and Security COVID-19 newsletter at fcgov.com/eps/coronavirus

          Check out ForFortCollins.com 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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