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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

This afternoon, the Larimer County Public Health Director issued a Stay-at-Home Order that goes into effect tomorrow. The details of that Order are below, as is a link to a presentation given to City Council last night about our response to COVID-19 in Fort Collins. I encourage you to review both of those; continue to stay connected to the City, Larimer County and State of Colorado for the latest information; and to follow their recommendations for our community’s health and safety.

With gratitude,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory Changes

Larimer County Stay-at-Home Order
This afternoon the Larimer County Public Health Director issued a Stay-at-Home Order for the entire county, which will go into effect at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26, and remain in effect through April 17. This Order is similar to others that are being issued across the Front Range. While under the Order, community members should only leave their homes for food and to obtain or provide essential services. The list of essential services, businesses and infrastructure identified by Larimer County is available here.

If you must leave your home, and when using any shared or outdoor space, please be vigilant to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others whenever possible.

By issuing the Order now, the county hopes to significantly slow the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the overall length of restrictions in place for the community.

Larimer County Symptom Tracker
The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment has set up a dashboard where community members can self-report any COVID-19 symptoms they may be experiencing. This dashboard will help public health experts better understand the spread of disease in our area, particularly while many people who may be symptomatic but do not require direct medical care are not being tested. To learn more and submit your symptoms confidentially, visit the Larimer County COVID-19 Monitoring System.

City of Fort Collins Updates

COVID-19 Presentation
The City’s Emergency Preparedness & Security director gave an update on our COVID-19 response at last night’s City Council Work Session. The presentation is posted on the City’s YouTube channel

Parks, Trails & Natural Areas
We’re receiving lots of questions about the use of parks, trails and natural areas—at this time, those spaces are still open for public use. The ability to get outdoors is more important than ever these days, and the City hopes to keep these spaces available as safe places for community members to exercise and enjoy nature. In order to do so, we are asking that users remember to follow health recommendations, even when outdoors: keep 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and other users, wash your hands or use sanitizer after touching any equipment, and stay home if you or anyone in your household is sick or displaying symptoms.

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Business, Nonprofit & Employee Resources
Supporting Fort Collins Business
  • Give the Gift (Card) of Business: Buy a gift card that covers your usual patronage. Then spread out the card use while you continue your normal support, or give them away as gifts.
  • Keep your Subscription: Keep your memberships or subscriptions going to gyms, exercise and painting classes, music lessons, etc. You can help many small businesses keep their doors open and pay bills.
  • Buy Now, Pickup Later: If you planned on buying a manufactured product like a guitar, piece of clothing, etc., call that business, pay now and have them set it aside for pick up later.
  • Reach out to your Favorite Local Business: Call and ask how you can help. See if your favorite store is participating in pick-up or delivery services, providing special deals and/or implementing new hours. Direct them to fcgov.com/business for more business, nonprofit and employee resources.
Additional Support for the Small Business Loan Application Process
Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and applying for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program can reach out to the following free, trusted resources for additional support with the application process:
Additional Resources

Community Support

Healthy Sewer Systems
With concerns about COVID-19, there is increased use of disinfecting wipes and other products like tissues, paper towels or napkins. Even if a product claims to be “flushable,” it can cause problems in our sanitary sewer system, potentially leading to a blocked sewer line, property damage and extra expenses for repairs. Be sure to put everything except toilet paper in the trash! Learn more: fcgov.com/sewer-blockages

The 2020 Census
We are in the midst of the 2020 Census – a nationwide count that helps distribute resources based on population and that only occurs every 10 years. Considering the current situation with COVID-19, the federal government is making changes to protect the health and safety of their Census workforce while working toward a complete and accurate count. A complete and accurate count will be even more important in the coming year to ensure necessary federal funding to our community as we recover. They’ve extended the self-response deadline through August 14, so please be sure to complete your census and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

Emergency Preparedness & Security
City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80521