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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

The snow we received yesterday and today is an apt reminder that even in the midst of a pandemic, regular City services must also continue. I am thankful to our snow removal crews who were out yesterday ensuring our roads remained safe for travelers.

I also want to acknowledge the feedback and concerns we have heard from the community about individuals who have begun camping at the Northside Aztlan/Heritage Park area. For the duration of the Stay-at-Home order, we are allowing temporary, designated outdoor camping in the area. I recognize that this presents other challenges, and our police, parks, social sustainability departments and others are working to ensure security and safety for everyone. Additional information about these plans is included below.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City of Fort Collins Updates

Northside Shelter
COVID-19 has created some unique challenges for our community, particularly for those experiencing homelessness. A few weeks ago, we facilitated emergency shelter with physical distancing protocols at the Northside Aztlan Community Center. A temporary plan to manage outdoor sheltering at Northside has also been implemented and will only remain until the Stay-at-Home Order is lifted (currently April 26). 

This solution is based on specific recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to both respond to COVID-19 potential among people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and to protect people experiencing homelessness and the larger community from the spread of the virus. 

Specific recommendations are: 

  • Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments
  • Encourage people staying in encampments to set up tents with at least 12 feet x 12 feet per individual
  • Ensure nearby restroom facilities with hand hygiene materials and bath tissue remain open 24 hours per day
  • Provide access to portable latrines with handwashing facilities
  • Provide information about COVID-19 hygiene practices

The City will be managing this outdoor shelter area, including 24/7 security, with the coordination of various departments like: Police, Parks, Recreation, Social Sustainability and Neighborhood Services.

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Community Support

FoCo at Home BINGO
Visit Fort Collins created a bingo card for the community to utilize while practicing physical distancing. See the card here and click around for more fun links within. 

Bicycle Friendly Driver Classes
FC Moves is offering an online version of its Bicycle Friendly Driver course every Thursday beginning at 5:30 or 5:15 p.m. Participants earn a Bicycle Friendly Driver certification upon completion. 

Upcoming Class Dates

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.

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Fort Collins, CO 80521