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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

As of today, Stay-at-Home Orders are in effect both at the state and county level. Thank you for everything you’re doing to abide by these regulations. I’ve had many conversations over the past two days with our expert health partners, and I fully support these Stay-at-Home Orders. Though I know this continues to be a difficult time for our community, we have to do everything we can to ensure adequate hospital capacity; support our healthcare workers, first responders and critical personnel; and to protect the health and safety of our community members. This is something we must do together.

With gratitude,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City of Fort Collins Updates

Playgrounds, Dog Parks & Shelters
While parks, trails and natural areas currently remain open so community members can exercise and experience nature, I ask you to please be intentional about practicing physical distancing while using these spaces. To support this, playgrounds, dog parks and picnic shelters will be closed starting today.

Extended Facility Closures
The Governor has extended his closure of bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, casinos and other non-essential personal services facilities through April 30. As such, the City is extending our recreational and cultural facility closures through that date.

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Regulatory Changes

Larimer County Stay-at-Home Order
The Larimer County Stay-at-Home Order went into effect today and will continue through April 17. A similar statewide order also went into effect today. 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 at larimer.org/health/stay-at-home-order.

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.

While City facilities are closed to the public at this time, most City operations are continuing remotely. To contact a City department, visit fcgov.com/cityservices, or call 970-221-6500 to speak to a customer service representative.

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 Community COVID-19 Monitoring System.

Business, Nonprofit & Employee Resources
Stay-at-Home Order and "Essential Business"
The Stay-at-Home Order does not apply to those going to work in an essential business or essential government function, including:
  • Health care operations, including home health workers.
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities.
  • Grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores and liquor stores.
  • Restaurants offering take-out and curbside services.
  • Businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities.
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities.
  • Essential Critical Infrastructure, including the construction of housing, operation of public transportation and utilities.
  • Banks
  • Garbage and recycling collection
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses.
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning.
  • Laundromats and laundry service providers.
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to go to work.
  • Roles required for any essential business to "maintain basic operations," which include security, payroll and similar activities
Read more here to determine if your business is "essential". If you are unsure, err on the side of protecting public health. If you still cannot decide, you may want to consult a lawyer or ask Larimer County through this form.
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Community Support

Safe Drinking Water
Safe, reliable drinking water is always our top priority. We want to reassure you that your drinking water is safe to use from your tap as usual, as confirmed by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency and American Water Works Association. We will continue to monitor water quality 24/7 at our treatment plants.

What Can (and Can’t) You Do During Stay-at-Home?
With an official Stay-at-Home Order in place, many in the community are wondering what they can and can’t do until the Order is lifted on April 17.

During the Stay-at-Home Order, you can:

  • Go to the pharmacy to get medication
  • Get groceries for you and anyone that lives in your home.
  • Have a take-out meal from your favorite local restaurant
  • Get food or supplies for your pet
  • Take your dog around the block or go for a hike -- as long as you are keeping a 6-foot distance from others
  • Enjoy City and County open spaces
  • Take groceries and supplies to your at-risk parents, grandparents or neighbors

During the Stay-at-Home Order, you cannot:

  • Invite people over or gather in groups
  • Host play dates for kids
  • Visit park playgrounds, shelters, picnic areas and dog parks
  • Dine in at restaurants
  • Exercise at gyms and fitness studios
  • Visit bars and nightclubs
  • Visit hair and nail salons, massage and tattoo parlors, and spas

While the order is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you should stay at home as much as possible and only get out to travel for essentials and exercise outdoors – and anytime you leave your home, you should practice social (physical) distancing and keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.

For questions specific to the Stay-at-Home Order, Larimer County asks that you submit your questions through their official form.

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