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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

Last night Governor Polis addressed the state to share his thoughts on the actions we’re all taking to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado. His big announcement was that the statewide Stay-at-Home Order has been extended to April 26. While these restrictions have upended much of our daily lives and routines, health experts have indicated that they are working. Early data shows that these social distancing measures are working to flatten the curve statewide and locally. And so, out of care for everyone in our community, we will continue.

I appreciate the thoughtful conversation we had during last night’s Telephone Town Hall with members of our business community; if you were unable to participate, we will host another business-focused call on Thursday.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory
Statewide Stay-at-Home Order
Last night Governor Polis extended the statewide Stay-at-Home Order through April 26, in order to continue social distancing measures that will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado and alleviate pressure on our healthcare systems. Existing business closures scheduled through April 30 will remain in effect through that date.

During the Order, residents should stay at home except to provide or obtain essential services, or to exercise outdoors while maintaining proper physical distance of at least 6 feet at all times. Homemade face masks are strongly encouraged for everyone when they are outside their homes.

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.

City of Fort Collins Updates

Temporary Sign Permitting
The City of Fort Collins has suspended permitting for some temporary signs placed by essential businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. The order is meant to make it easier for essential businesses to communicate with customers. Essential businesses are those which are defined as such by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in relation to the state of Colorado’s Stay-At-Home order. Read more here.

Business Resources
Telephone Town Hall: Recap and Reminder
We know this is an incredibly difficult time for our business and nonprofit community, especially those who have had to close or reduce staff to comply with the Stay-at-Home Orders. We acknowledge the sacrifices being made and appreciated all who joined last night’s Telephone Town Hall. We had an open and thoughtful conversation with about 150 businesses during the event; Mayor Wade Troxell and Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales joined, and the event also had a Spanish simulcast option.

Several questions and concerns were discussed:
  • Essential Businesses: Please call Larimer County at 970-498-5500 or text 970-999-1770. The City also does not determine when businesses can open. This comes through the State and County.
  • Sales Tax: Qualified business taxpayers can defer payments for 60 days. Visit fcgov.com/salestax, call 970-221-6780 or email salestax@fcgov.com.
    • Please visit the County and State’s websites for information about leniencies for property taxes and state sales tax. Nonprofits are also eligible for state and federal relief.
  • Support for Undocumented Business Owners: Research underway.
  • Connecting with Nonprofits in Need: Visit United Way of Larimer County’s website.
  • Assistance for Entrepreneurs and Sole Proprietors: More information will be released on Friday. Visit the Larimer Small Business Development Center for specific support.
  • Need for a One-Stop-Shop Resource: View early edition at www.nocorecovers.com.
  • Mental Health Support: United Way, SummitStone and the Health District are great resources.
There is still an opportunity to join us during our second Business Telephone Town Hall on Thursday at 10 a.m. Special guest Frances Padilla, SBA District Director, will help answer questions about SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the CARES Act. Please register at least two hours prior to the event time to reserve your spot.

The format will be similar to our recent community town hall, and translation services will be available. We highly encourage businesses to participate in Thursday's call.

Sign Up for Business Telephone Town Hall

Community Support

Virtual Egg Hunt 
With many egg hunts canceled due to COVID-19, we would like to challenge you to help us to create a citywide, social distancing-safe, egg hunt!

Using materials from around your house, get creative and make a large, colorful egg. Then display your egg in any creative way - in your yard, window, car, tree, garden, etc. Share a picture of your egg-cellent creation on social media. Be sure to tag us at @FCRecreator and use the hashtag #NoCoArtsStrong.

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