In an effort to provide you the most up-to-date information, the City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office will be sending out a weekly update every Friday.

Larimer County Publishes Initial Business Guidance for "Safer at Home"

Larimer County Safer at Home business guidance includes specific requirements for retail, personal services, elective medical and dental services as well as other non-essential businesses based on their risk level for virus transmission via their business activities. Gyms, bars, and spas as well as K-12 and higher education schools will remain closed. Estes Park area short-term rentals may reopen as soon as 4/27 if they can follow strict restrictions. 

Businesses will be particularly interested in the required Checklist for Business/Facility Reopening that must be completed by any business that wishes to reopen. The County is quick to point out that requirements from the Governor may be more strict for any aspect of these plans and that DORA may provide stricter requirements for their licensees as well. Local areas may have more stringent requirements, but not less stringent. More specific guidance will follow when the state plan has been outlined in detail.

Some of the key requirements for any reopening include:

  • required signage must be posted at all entrances (templates provided);
  • employee symptom checks/policies;
  • regular disinfection and sanitation of all physical facilities/equipment;
  • the use of appropriate face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and other appropriate protective or hygiene related equipment/supplies for individuals in the workplace (with different guidance for specific business activities based on risk),
  • employees must receive a copy of the completed reopening checklist.
Have additional questions about the Safer at Home ongoing restrictions and guidance? Click here to ask someone from Larimer County Department of Health & Environment.
Learn More about Larimer County's Safer at Home Phase

Larimer County Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

Multiple partners across Larimer County, including the City of Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and Bohemian Foundation, have committed to fund a Small Business Recovery Loan Fund for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic slowdown. It is specifically targeted to businesses with 20 or fewer employees for the purpose of business stabilization and recovery. Additional information will be posted on NoCoRecovers.com next week.

See the Press Release

Additional $320B Allocated to Payroll Protection Program by Congress

The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) is one of the loan tools created by the CARES Act. The additional funding will expand the number of small businesses who can access this financial tool. Approximately $60B of the funding has been specifically allocated for businesses that do not have established banking relationships. When will this new round of funding be made available? As of April 23, 2020, it was not clear but will likely be soon. If you are interested in applying for PPP, please contact your lender or Larimer County Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

For up-to-date information, go to NoCoRecovers.com. This coordinated, one-stop-shop has the most recent information on resources available to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic now and will continue to connect businesses to the right information and resources as we move into the economic recovery process.

NoCoRecovers.com Website

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222 Laporte Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521