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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

I hope you were able to enjoy some moments of rest, peace and sunshine over the weekend. As we begin a new week, I want to thank each of you who is finding ways to help during this crisis. Hundreds of community members are volunteering through Adopt A Neighbor and other community organizations to care for one another. We received a wealth of donations at Friday’s PPE drive, which will go to first responders and healthcare workers. And I also want to thank my colleagues, many of whom are working around the clock to continue providing service to the community.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City of Fort Collins Updates

Online Opportunities
While our facilities are closed, there are lots of opportunities to learn and have fun with our programs online:

  • Recreation: Online Zumba classes, guitar lessons, baby animals at The Farm, and much more! 
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Daily Discovery blog posts include fun and educational activities to keep your kiddos discovering the world around them.
  • Gardens on Spring Creek: Experience online garden tours, classes and plant jokes.
  • Lincoln Center: During Intermission helps you get your performing arts fix, from Broadway to comedy to classical music and more!
  • Police: Send a photo of your encouraging card, craft or artwork to fcpsmedia@fcgov.com, and they’ll distribute them to nursing homes and residential facilities to brighten the spirits of our elderly neighbors.

Regulatory
Face Masks
Because COVID-19 can be spread by people who are not yet displaying any symptoms, Governor Polis has recommended that all Coloradans wear a mask when they are outside their homes providing or obtaining essential services. The purpose is to protect others around you. The Larimer County Department of Health & Environment has offered further guidance around the use of masks.  

These masks should not be surgical grade or N95 masks – those need to be reserved for healthcare workers. Your mask can be made from a bandana, old t-shirt or other cloth you may have around the house. The CDC has further instructions for proper use, and methods to create both sewn and no-sew masks. Coloradomaskproject.com offers resources for sewers and crafters to help make masks to distribute to people in need.

Business Resources
Sales Tax Payments
To assist businesses affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, qualified business taxpayers can defer tax payments for 60 days. Tax payments that are currently due on April 20th or May 20th will be extended to June 20th, interest and penalties will also be waived for approved businesses. The 60-day deferral applies only to sales tax payments associated with filing dates during the months of March and April. Please note that taxpayers that can pay, should pay, and that all taxpayers are still required to file on-time monthly returns even if their payments are deferred.

Businesses must apply to the Sales Tax Department and receive a positive confirmation to be approved for deferred payments. For those businesses that do not apply, the Sales Tax Department will include information about the tax relief program in those notices. Read more here.


Telephone 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:
  • Tonight, Monday, April 6, now at 5:15 p.m. (time moved to accommodate Governor's state address at 6:30 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.

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Community Support

Avoid Sewer Backups: Only Flush the Three Ps
With concerns about COVID-19 and toilet paper shortages, there is increased use of wipes and other products like facial tissues, paper towels and napkins. Even if these products claim to be ‘flushable,’ they don’t break down like toilet paper and can clog your pipes and lead to messy, costly sewer backups and property damage.

Remember to only flush the three Ps: pee, poo and toilet paper. NEVER flush wipes, paper towels, facial tissue or napkins – always throw these items away.

Read More Here

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