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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

At last night’s City Council meeting, Larimer County Health Director Tom Gonzales joined City Council and staff for an in-depth COVID-19 update and discussion. I encourage you to watch if you have the time. There are also many changes in progress as we move forward: the state approved Larimer County’s variance request over the weekend, and also this week issued guidance allowing restaurants and day camps to begin opening in the coming days. Details are included below.

In addition, City staff are working hard to plan for safe and thoughtful reopenings of some of our facilities and services that have been closed. More information will be available in the next few days, and we will share those details here when they are available.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory

New State & County Guidance
Over the weekend, Larimer County’s variance request was partially approved. This variance request allows certain businesses to re-open, slowly and carefully, ahead of the next phase of the statewide Safer at Home plan. Larimer County will need to remain diligent in following physical distancing, handwashing and face-covering protocols in order to keep the community safe as we continue to reopen.

In addition, the state has issued guidance allowing restaurants to open starting today at 50% capacity or 50 patrons, in addition to following other safety precautions. Taprooms and breweries that serve food may also open under the same restaurant guidelines; bars and breweries without food remain closed at this time.

Children’s day camps may begin modified operations on June 1, and the state plans to issue next steps for Safer at Home as we move into June.

Business Resources

Support Fort Collins Business Map
Is your business reopening, changing services, and/or updating hours? Register your business to be included in the Support Fort Collins Business Map – a tool that allows customers to see which businesses are open, available services, and other special deals. Fill out this form for quick submission.

Already registered? Make sure to email us at openforbusiness@fcgov.com for any updates to your business profile.

Business Map

Community
Housing Assistance Programs
If you or someone you know is in need of housing assistance, please keep the below resources in mind:
  • Neighbor to Neighbor: Offers rental assistance, homelessness prevention programs, eviction prevention, housing search assistance, and foreclosure services. Visit www.n2n.org/ or call 970-484-7498 for more information.
  • Emergency Housing Assistance Program: Through Brother’s Redevelopment, Inc., EHAP provides rental and mortgage assistance to households considered low income before March 11, 2020 who have seen a decline in income due to COVID-19. You must be able to provide proof of hardship, primary residence, income, housing cost and, for mortgage assistance, proof of a request of forbearance. See here for the application form.
More about Emergency Housing Assistance

Face Coverings & Symptom Tracker

Face Covering Orders
Face coverings are required for employees and customers in businesses in Fort Collins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Larimer County Department of Health & Environment recommend the use of face coverings as a mechanism to slow the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings help to reduce air droplets that are breathed out onto others which may spread COVID-19 when someone doesn't know they have the virus. Learn more about 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