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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

This holiday weekend marks the tenth week of a very different lifestyle for most of us. Working remotely, and school and business closures have disrupted our routines, and we’ve adjusted to new cultural norms, like wearing a mask in public, or using the term “social distancing.”

This holiday weekend, I hope you take some time to rest and recharge. Spend time with your family, disconnect from work and the news if possible, and find an opportunity to get outdoors.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

City Updates

Memorial Day Closures
In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, all City offices - most of which are already closed to the public due to COVID-19 - will be closed Monday, May 25. Essential services such as police, fire and utilities will continue as usual, while Transfort will offer standard holiday service. All City offices will resume their modified COVID-19 hours on Tuesday, May 26.

Regulatory

Celebrate Memorial Day Safely
As you celebrate the holiday weekend, please remember to continue following all health and safety regulations and guidelines from state and local health departments. Gatherings should still be limited to 10 people or fewer, and ideally to members of your own household. Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible, and wear a face covering when inside any business or whenever physical distancing isn’t possible. Frequent hand washing, physical distance, face coverings, and staying home if you feel ill are still the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you’re going out for a hike or bike ride this weekend, consider a less popular trail or one of the City’s low-stress bike networks in town. And if camping is on the agenda, take time to prepare and follow these guidelines from Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Business Resources
Expanded Outdoor Dining During COVID-19
The City of Fort Collins is launching temporary outdoor dining expansions for restaurant and bars, which temporarily allows restaurants, bars, and retail businesses to expand their business footprint onto the public rights-of-way. Businesses must apply for, and be approved to use additional public space. Find a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

Overview:
  • Fort Collins has created a temporary program to expand options for restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor patio settings adjacent to their businesses.
  • The intent is to allow for greater social distancing and safety for bar and restaurant‐goers when public health orders allow restaurants and bars to resume sit‐down service.
  • To gauge interest, Fort Collins has created an application for businesses.
  • Final rules and regulations are in development. Under this program, Fort Collins would consider allowing businesses to expand existing patio space or establish new outdoor areas, potentially including parking lots, sidewalks, street parking spaces, and possibly closing select streets to expand outdoor operating areas. The City would maintain ADA access at all times.
  • Although the state has not set a re-opening date for restaurants and bars, the City is starting the application process now to better manage the volume of applications expected to be received citywide.

Requirements:

  • All outdoor seating must be spaced at least eight feet apart.
  • It is strongly encouraged to test workforce for COVID-19.
  • Use single-use paper menus, condiments, etc.
  • Provide easily accessible sanitizing options for patrons and employees.
  • It is strongly encouraged to implement contact-less ordering and payment processes.
  • All restaurants are encouraged to use a reservation system to prevent capacity issues and patrons from congregating while waiting.
  • Facial coverings must be worn by all staff members.
  • Request facial covering of customers when not eating or drinking (i.e., walking past other tables to be seated and/or using restroom).
  • Floor markings for traffic control and waiting queue space is highly recommended.
  • Limit contact with dining guests by reducing the number of visits wait staff make to each table.
  • Maintain ADA access at all times in the public right-of-way.
Apply for an Outdoor Dining Expansion Permit

Community

The Farm Online Pop Up Store
The animal-centric inventory from The Farm at Lee Martinez Park is now online and ready for curbside pickup! Proceeds from sales, including toys, games and stuffed animals, benefit the Farm and City of Fort Collins Recreation. 

Browse Farm Store's Selection

Face Coverings & Symptom Tracker

Face Covering Orders
On May 5, 2020 City Council issued an order for individuals to wear face coverings when visiting businesses and on-site service providers in Fort Collins. This rule, along with a Larimer County Order, will stay in effect until May 30 and is intended to help prevent asymptomatic coronavirus transmission. Read the City's face covering FAQs and amended order 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