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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

I hope that many of you were able to find time to rest and recharge over the weekend. Looking to the start of a new week, I want you to know that the City of Fort Collins is working to refine our processes to continue to provide essential services, as well as other business in new ways in order to protect the health of the community and City staff.

To that end, tomorrow’s City Council meeting will be conducted remotely, with Councilmembers, staff and community members participating via WebEx. Additional details are included below. I thank you for your flexibility and patience as we all find effective new ways to conduct these core functions of governance.

As I wrote in my Coloradoan column over the weekend, we all play an important role in caring for our community and each other as we partner together to flatten the curve. This will likely be our new normal for a while. We have adapted to new normals before, and together we will do it again.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory Changes

President Extends Coronavirus Guidelines
On Sunday, President Trump extended social distancing guidelines through April 30. Even if not under a state or local Stay-at-Home Order, people across the United States should continue to avoid gatherings and non-essential trips outside their homes through April, with the possibility the guidelines could be extended further. If you must leave the home, remember to maintain physical distance whenever possible and practice good hygiene.

Stay-at-Home Order
Both the County and the State are currently under Stay-at-Home Orders and continue to provide clarity about what is and is not permitted under these orders as questions arise. For specific questions about the Larimer County Order, please visit www.larimer.org/health/stay-at-home-order

  • 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. Fort Collins police officers are not conducting traffic stops solely related to this public health order, and will not request documentation or other proof of essential business.
  • Questions or Concerns? 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.

City of Fort Collins Updates

March 31 City Council Meeting
Tomorrow’s City Council meeting will be conducted remotely. Councilmembers, staff and community members will participate online via WebEx. City Council will consider two items:

  • Resolution Approving Emergency Rules Enacted by the City Manager
  • Resolution Establishing City Council’s Intent that Appropriate Members of Congress and the Colorado General Assembly be Advised of City Interests in Pending and Prospective COVID-19 Related Legislation

They will also consider motions to move all other previously-scheduled agenda items to the April 9 and April 21 City Council meetings.

NOTE: The City Manager is recommending, with support from the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem, that the Public Hearing regarding Rezoning of the Hughes Stadium site be postponed until April 21. This is an important item to many community members and the City Council and staff want to ensure public participation on this item is accessible and effective.

To address Council during public comment or on a specific agenda item, please log into the WebEx session by 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at https://tinyurl.com/FCCityCouncil03312020. Public comment will only be accepted via WebEx during the meeting, though community members may also email any comments to CityLeaders@fcgov.com in advance of the meeting.

To view the meeting, watch live on FCTV Channels 14 & 881, or via livestream at www.fcgov.com/fctv.

Fort Collins Recreator Goes Digital
City of Fort Collins Recreator is offering new digital learning, exercise and entertainment opportunities on Facebook. Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31), visit @FCRecreator after 9 a.m. to learn how to safely plan your next hiking trip with a recorded video from Recreation Instructor Dave. On Wednesday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m., Recreation Director Bob Adams and Parks Director Mike Calhoon will be live for a virtual coffee chat about Parks and Rec. Finally, if you are looking for a fun and interactive workout to do with kids, tune in after 10 a.m. on Friday, April 3 for Parent and Child Yoga with Holly and Ava. Keep an eye on social for more virtual opportunities throughout the City. 

View the Recreator on Social

Supporting Business During COVID-19
Our small businesses need us more than ever. Support your favorite Fort Collins businesses today by visiting Support Fort Collins Business, a tool that maps out businesses offering gift cards, delivery, take-out and other specials. If your business is interesting in participating, please email openforbusiness@fcgov.com.
Additional Resources

Community Support

Adopt A Neighbor Program Expansion
The City recently launched an expansion of the Adopt A Neighbor program, pairing volunteers with neighbors in need during the current pandemic. Volunteers will assist neighbors who are vulnerable to COVID-19 with regular tasks, such as grocery shopping and delivery, picking up medications, basic errands, driveway shoveling, and outdoor pet care/dog walking. Specific needs and schedules will vary and need to be coordinated by the volunteer and neighbor they are paired with for the program. Get involved at fcgov.com/volunteer and help us show that Fort Collins is a truly exceptional community that rises up to help one another!

Larimer County Symptom Tracker

Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Report them confidentially to the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment to help public health experts better understand the spread of disease in our area.

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