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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

Over the next few weeks, we will begin to reopen certain City programs and facilities to the public. Our staff are continuing to plan for safe and thoughtful reopening procedures.

In general, we will begin by prioritizing those facilities and programs that provide direct community services, such as some recreation and childcare activities, and utility customer service. Next we will begin reopening offices that have public-facing offerings, such as certain permitting or application public counters. In many cases, these are services we have been able to conduct remotely during facility closures, and so as we reopen, you can expect a hybrid model.

Specific announcements about facility or program reopenings will begin in the next week or so - please stay tuned to this newsletter and the City’s other communication channels.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory

Face Covering Order Extended
The City has updated and extended its face covering order. It continues the requirement for employees and customers to wear a face covering inside businesses in Fort Collins, as well as inside City facilities, and while riding public transportation. Updated exceptions include individuals who are eating or drinking at a restaurant when seated for dining, or participating in indoor recreation activities; patrons must still wear a face covering while entering, waiting or in other parts of these businesses where face coverings are required by County, State or business-specific directives. This City order will remain in effect until further notice.

It’s now known that people who never show symptoms could carry the virus and infect others. Wearing a face covering, even when you feel healthy, helps to reduce that risk and keep others safe. 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. Learn more about City's face covering FAQs and amended order here.

Face Covering FAQs

City Updates

Bus and Bike Share Services
Transfort, the City's transit agency, will resume normal FLEX service on June 1, except for the first and last Boulder Express round trips. FLEX is a regional service operated by Transfort that connects Fort Collins and Boulder with additional stops in between those cities. Read more here.

Zagster, which operates the Pace bike share system, has made the decision to end all bike share services effective immediately. The contract between the City and Zagster was due to expire in August 2020, and City staff are preparing an RFP (request for proposals) for a new program. 

Read Bike Share Press Release

Business Resources

New Patron Checklists
Looking for guidance for your customers, or for being a responsible customer, as businesses reopen? Restaurants and other businesses are working hard to adjust, so we ask all to be kind and patient while following guidelines through this transition. We know everyone in our community wants to support our local businesses - we are all in this together. 

Consider downloading and posting these Responsible Patron Checklists, so guests better understand how to keep everyone safe:

More Business Resources

Community

Regulations for Outdoor Burning  
As the weather warms many community members are beginning to have backyard fires. Smoke and odor from outdoor burning can have unintended negative impacts on localized air quality, especially affecting vulnerable populations such as the young, the elderly and people with heart or lung conditions. Please consider your neighbors' well-being prior to having a fire and follow City of Fort Collins fire and nuisance codes, including the following:

  • Burn only clean, dry, seasoned wood. Burning yard trimmings or trash is prohibited
  • Fully extinguish fires with water by 10:00 p.m.
  • Place fire pits at least 15 feet from combustible surfaces and 15 feet away from property lines
  • Keep fuel piles under 3 feet in diameter and less than 2 feet in height
  • Don’t burn on Air Pollution Advisory days.  You can sign up to receive air quality alert emails and see current air quality conditions at www.colorado.gov/airquality.

    If someone’s fire is negatively impacting you, there are a number of ways to address the issue:

    • For nuisance related concerns (excessive smoke, burning past curfew or distance from property line), community members can submit a complaint through Access Fort Collins or call the Nuisance Hotline at 970-416-2200.
    • For safety concerns about an active fire, contact the Fort Collins non-emergency line at 970-221-6540 or 911 in an emergency. 
    Learn More

    Face Coverings & Symptom Tracker

    Face Covering Orders
    As mentioned above, face coverings are required for employees and customers in businesses in Fort Collins until further notice. 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.
    Face Covering FAQs

    Emergency Preparedness & Security
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