The State Releases New COVID-19 Dial 3.0 - March 24, 2021 Updates

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released the COVID-19 Dial 3.0. Larimer County is currently operating in Level Yellow since February 6, 2021.  

March 24, 2021 update under the new Dial 3.0 includes the following changes: 

  • No outdoor state restrictions, this is now under local control 
  • Personal gathering: follow CDC guidelines 
  • Bars are still closed 
  • Restaurants – still open at 50% capacity or up to 150 people with 6ft distancing 
  • Gyms, Personal Services – still open at 50% capacity or 50 people 

To view the full list of changes for Larimer County residents & businesses, click here  

Level Up Certified Business update under the new Dial 3.0 includes the following changes: 

  • Restaurants and Gyms are at 100% capacity with 6 ft distancing between parties 
  • Last Call: 2 a.m. 
  • Retail: 75% capacity 
  • Indoor Events: 50% capacity or 500 people 
  • XL Indoor Events of 28,000 s/f per room = 2,000 capacity 

The County is still accepting applications for the Level Up Program. 

The COVID-19 Vaccine - What Your Business Needs to Know

Sign-Up to Get Vaccinated: 

  1. Find out if your employees are currently eligible and sign up at  
  2. Once you've signed up, you will be contacted when appointments are available. 
  3. When you are contacted, share the scheduling information with your team. 

      Commonly Asked Questions  

      Colorado Emerging & Expanding Child Care Child Grant Program
      The Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has announced the launch of the Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program. During the special legislative session called by Gov. Jared Polis in November 2020, child care was recognized for the critical role it plays in supporting Colorado’s economy. Out of this recognition, the governor signed House Bill 20B-1002, which created two grant programs to support child care businesses.  
      The first of these programs, announced Jan. 11, was the Child Care Relief Grant Program, which provided approximately $35 million to licensed child care providers to support their businesses. Now, the Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program will provide $10 million to help licensed child care providers, or those actively pursuing a child care license, start or expand their businesses. This program will help create more licensed child care for Colorado families, especially those in child care deserts, or communities where there is a lack of child care supply. 
      Read the full Press Release for additional details

      The Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market is #ForFortCollins

      We’re highlighting the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market as our #ForFortCollinsFeature. The Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market is in its 14th year promoting and providing access to locally grown and made food, crafts, art, and more. Read their full story here

      The 2020-2021 Winter Market is held at the Foothills Mall, 215 E Foothills Pkwy., every other Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

      Upcoming market dates:  

      • March 27 
      • April 10 
      • April 24 
      • May 8 

      Be sure to follow the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market on Facebook & Instagram

      Interested in having your small business featured? Please email Jillian Fresa at 

      Things to Know & Upcoming Events
      • Personal Property Tax payment plan options for Larimer County Businesses – The Larimer County Treasurer office may be able to help with payment plan options, please email  or call 970-498-7020 to discuss payment plan options 
      • Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) Updates allow PPP Loan borrowers to amend their payroll tax filings for 2020 and claim refunds (refunds could be as much as $5,000 per employee). ERTC is now extended through June 30, 2021 and increased the benefit to as much as $14,000 per employee.  
      • Unemployment Insurance Fraud claims have been on the rise. For resources and more information visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Fraud webpage. 
      • Relief Available for Businesses Impacted by Fires - See the news release for complete information, including how to apply (deadline is April 26, 2021) 
      Upcoming Events: 
      • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Webinar – Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.  
        • Tune into the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant information webinar as the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will highlight and cover what documentation and eligible entities will be needed to successfully apply, and insights on what the application process will look like and more. 
      • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join us on Thursday, April 1, 2021, 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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