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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

As we turn the calendar page, I want to thank you for all you’re doing to help flatten the curve in Northern Colorado. Below you’ll find information about an upcoming PPE drive, resources for businesses, and important information from Police Services about how they are and are not enforcing Stay-at-Home Orders.

Today is also Census Day. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to take a few minutes this week to complete the U.S. Census for your household. Now more than ever, it is important we have an accurate count of our community members, as this will impact federal recovery dollars moving forward.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City of Fort Collins Updates

Last Night's City Council Meeting 
On Tuesday, March 31, City Council held a remote meeting to approve several emergency regulations; they also voted to postpone several previously-scheduled items to later meetings. City staff also provided an update on the City’s COVID-19 response.

Parking Enforcement Suspended
Parking Services is currently operating at an emergency support level of coverage and patrol for the Downtown area. In light of the low volume of customers visiting the Downtown area, Parking Services is supporting the business owners and employees who are required to be Downtown and/or who are supporting Downtown by suspending enforcement of non-safety related violations.

These efforts will remain in place for at least 15 days after coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted in order to help businesses recover. For more information about which enforcement activities will be suspended and which ones will continue, visit fcgov.com/parking.

2020 Census
Did you know today is Census Day? And 42.3% of Fort Collins households have already responded! You can complete your Census whenever you have a moment in the next few weeks, but answers should reflect who is living in your household on April 1.

The Census online self-response portal is open and takes just a few minutes to complete. Go to www.2020census.gov to complete the Census for your household and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

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.

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. They’ve extended the self-response deadline through August 14 and pushed back field operations to April 15.

Regulatory
Law Enforcement's Approach to Stay-at-Home Order
Our ultimate goal is to keep everyone in the community safe. Officers are taking an educational approach whenever possible to ensure that people understand and comply with the Order:
  • Officers are not conducting traffic stops solely related to the Order.
  • Officers do not require proof of employment during any traffic stop.
  • The only documents required during a traffic stop are driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
  • Work permits are not required in Larimer County and local government officials are not issuing them.

Fort Collins Police Services has received reports of police impersonators conducting traffic stops saying they are enforcing the Order. What should drivers do if stopped by someone who may not be a legitimate law enforcement officer?

  • Call 911. Dispatchers can help determine if the person stopping you is actually an officer.
  • Turn on your hazard lights. This tells the person behind you that you're aware and taking action, and it also draws the attention of other passing vehicles.
  • Stop in a well-lit, public area.
  • Remain respectful but cautious.
  • Ask to see a badge or identification. FCPS officers also have business cards that you can request.
  • If you're concerned for your safety, tell the 911 dispatcher and follow their instructions. Your safety is important to us.
  • Try to remember as many details as possible about the person who stopped you and their vehicle so you can provide that information to police.

Drivers who have been stopped in Fort Collins for alleged "stay-home compliance checks," or anyone with information about this incident or suspect, is asked to call Detective Mike Harres at 970-221-6543. People may also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at www.stopcriminals.org.

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Business Resources
Business Town Halls
Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry will host two more telephone town hall meetings geared toward local businesses and non-profits. 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 during the live sessions:
  • Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m.

The format will be similar to our recent community town hall, and translation services will be available. We highly encourage businesses to participate in one of these calls.

Sign Up for Business Telephone Town Hall

Community Support

Join the Adopt A Neighbor Volunteer Program
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!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drive
The City of Fort Collins and Poudre Fire Authority are holding a PPE Drive this Friday, April 3, to collect donated items for first responders and healthcare workers. Residents are asked to bring unopened, unused bleach, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, N95 masks, Tyvek suits, and disposable gowns. PLEASE, NO HOMEMADE MASKS. Personal contact will be minimized between donors and those staffing the collection point. Details are below:

  • Date: Friday, April 3
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Locations: Police Services, 2221 S Timberline Rd., and Utilities Administration, 222 Laporte Ave.
Register to Volunteer or Receive Help

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