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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

As we head into the weekend, I encourage you to take a moment to pause. Much in our lives has changed dramatically in the past couple of weeks, and it is important to acknowledge that. Many of us are experiencing stress, anxiety and fatigue. Some are out of work, while others are working long hours providing critical services to the community.

If your circumstances allow, I hope you’ll find some time to take a break this weekend. Go for a walk or bike ride, while maintaining physical distance; disconnect from media for a few hours; and check in with your friends, family and neighbors to see how they’re holding up physically and emotionally. Find a way to connect with the people in your life who are providing essential care, who fall into at-risk populations, or who may be alone during this Stay-at-Home Order.

In the spirit of taking a break, we will not send this newsletter over the weekend unless there is critical information to share.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory Changes

Larimer County Stay-at-Home Order
Both the County and the State are currently under Stay-at-Home Orders. 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.

City Services during Stay-At-Home
Government work and critical infrastructure is considered essential under both Orders. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Construction
  • Public works
  • Utilities
  • Internet/telecommunication support

Crews you may see in the field are performing approved services to ensure critical infrastructure is maintained (such as keeping lights on, maintaining water and sewer systems, ensuring internet access for remote working, making sure roads are safe for essential and emergency travel, etc.). In all cases, safety and distancing recommendations are being implemented to the fullest extent possible.

Fort Collins Police Enforcement of Stay-At-Home
Our ultimate goal is compliance with the order to keep everyone safe. At this point in time, Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS) is taking an educational approach to gain cooperation whenever possible. While enforcement is an option, education is often an effective solution. FCPS is committed to working with our community members to keep everyone safe and informed during this challenging time.

If you have questions or concerns about a possible violation of the Stay-at-Home Order, please call 970-498-5500, text 970-999-1770 or use this form. Do not call 911.

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.

City of Fort Collins Updates

Temporary RV Rules
The City of Fort Collins will temporarily allow people to occupy recreational vehicles parked on private property for living, working or sleeping purposes in order to provide more options for social distancing and physical quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak. View press release.

Pace Bike Share System
Zagster, which operates the Pace bike share system, has made the decision to pause all bike sharing programs, effective today (March 27). Transfort, the transit agency owned by the City, will continue to operate its buses and has suspended fare collection due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Lincoln Center's "During Intermission" 
The Lincoln Center launched its "During Intermission" virtual entertainment series this week. From Broadway to comedy, to classical music and more, there is an abundance of entertainment online as LC LIVE, The Lincoln Center's presenting organization, gets ready for the 20/21 Season.

View Latest City Updates

Business, Nonprofit & Employee Resources
The City is receiving inquiries from community members and businesses around the Stay-at-Home Orders and how some of the critical and essential services categories are defined. In most instances where the State and County Orders differ, following the stricter Order is advised. For additional clarification:
  • The Larimer County EOC is answering questions and providing guidance on the orders. Businesses can reach them at 970-498-5500, text 970-999-1770 or submit a question here.
  • Larimer County is regularly updating its FAQs with industry-specific answers.
As mentioned above, each Order allows exemptions for “essential” or “critical” businesses that can continue operating with social distancing practices in place. These orders may be amended, extended or discontinued at any time, so ongoing attention to the status of these restrictions and requirements is advised. City of Fort Collins staff is unable to provide interpretation of these exemptions.

If you have questions after visiting fcgov.com/business, please reach out to business@fcgov.com.

Additional Resources

Community Support

Maintaining a Healthy Home
On average we spend up to 90% of our time indoors, where air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoors. The City’s Healthy Homes Program shares low or no-cost ways to reduce exposure to pollutants and contaminants in your home. Learn how to improve your indoor air quality by visiting fcgov.com/healthyhomes.

Resources for Businesses, Families, Seniors and Our Spanish-Speaking Community
United Way of Larimer County is regularly updating a list of COVID-19 resources for food, medical, mental health, unemployment and utilities/rent assistance needs along with support for:

  • Small businesses
  • Families
  • Seniors

United Way de Larimer County esta frecuentemente actualizando listas de recursos relacionados con COVID-19. Visite la página para encontrar información acerca de ayuda con:

  • Comida
  • Servicios para adultos mayores
  • Pequeñas y medianas empresas
  • Servicios públicos
  • Asistencia financiera
  • Desempleo
Visit United Way of Larimer County

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