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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

This continues to be a challenging time for our community and the world. The City continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly changing Coronavirus (COVID-19) in collaboration with our expert partners, and we are committed to keeping you informed with daily updates via this newsletter. While much is uncertain right now, one thing that I am certain about is that all of us—my colleagues, our regional and state partners, local businesses and non-profits, and individual community members—are committed to this community. Though we may be practicing physical distance, we remain stronger together. 

With gratitude,

Darin Atteberry

City of Fort Collins Updates

Telephone Town Hall TONIGHT
Mayor Wade Troxell, City Manager Darin Atteberry, and Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales will host a will host a telephone town hall meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 23. This will be an opportunity to hear from community leaders about the City’s response to COVID-19, as well as to ask questions and provide feedback.

All phone numbers on record, both landlines and cell phones without an associated landline, will receive a call out just prior to the town hall. You can also register at www.fcgov.com/TownHall to ensure a call from the system. Further instructions on how to ask questions will be provided when the call begins.

Positive Case at the City
Over the weekend, a City employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee has not been into work since March 10 and will remain in quarantine until they have been symptom- and fever-free for 72 hours. Following the guidance and protocol from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, the City has notified all coworkers and those that had direct contact will remain in self-quarantine as well. While CDC guidelines indicate the risk to others is low, out of an abundance of caution, two City facilities (700 Wood St. and 215 N. Mason St.) are closed to all but critical services staff March 23-27 for additional cleaning and disinfection. All City facilities remain closed to the public at this time. Read more here.

Facility Closures
All City facilities are closed to the public at this time. If you need to conduct business with the City, please visit fcgov.com/cityservices to find specific department web pages and contact information. If you cannot find the contact information you need, please call 970-221-6500 and someone will direct your call. Please Note: This number should be used for City business. Any questions about COVID-19, including health information and the latest recommendations from the County and State, should be directed to the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment.

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Regulatory Changes

On Sunday, March 22, Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order requiring all non-critical workplaces in Colorado to reduce their in-person workforce by 50% by Tuesday, March 24. This means employees at non-critical workplaces should work remotely wherever possible, and stagger work schedules when remote work is not possible, unless the employer can certify that employees are no closer than 6 feet from one another during any part of their workday. Additional details, including a list of critical workplaces exempt from this order, are available on the State of Colorado’s website.

Business & Nonprofit Resources

Development Review Center
The City remains committed to providing customer service during this time. Under this temporary protocol, we cannot accept in-person submittals or permit applications, or issue permits in person, nor can we respond to inquiries or engineering concerns in-person. For information about Building Inspections, visit here. For information on the Development Review Center, visit here.

Loan Programs
The creation of a Fort Collins Small Business Relief and Recovery Loan Fund has been approved to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic slowdown. Please email the Fort Collins Economic Health Office at business@fcgov.com with “Colorado Lending Source Loan” in the subject line to be notified when Colorado Lending Source can start accepting applications. 

Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Larimer County is a designated area for disaster relief. Please review information on eligibility, use of funds, required documents, how to apply and more here.

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Community Support

Transfort
Transfort, the transit agency owned by the City, has suspended fare collection indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The suspension covers all Transfort routes, including MAX, the FLEX and Dial-a-Ride trips. Please only use Transfort for essential trips, attempt to keep at least six feet of distance between other customers and Transfort staff and board from the rear doors unless using a mobility device. Read more here.

Natural Areas
Natural Areas are important places of respite for the community and getting outside can be an important part of staying healthy during this time. The City is working hard to keep Natural Areas open and safe places for you to enjoy. You are an essential part of this work and keeping these sites operating.

Key tips to remember when you visit your favorite Natural Area: Remember to maintain 6’ distance from other community members. It’s more important than ever to heed the regulations and signage posted, including keeping your four-legged friends on leash and staying off closed areas. See here for information about site and trail closures.

Utilities
Utilities will not disconnect service to customers until further notice for non-payment. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact Utilities at 970-212-2900 to receive assistance or make a payment arrangement.
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