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Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues - 

In the past three months it has seemed like much of our world came to a halt. In many ways it did, and in recent weeks we’ve begun to see some forward motion as certain businesses and activities slowly begin to resume. This movement into community recovery also includes reopening some City facilities and programming.

I know that many in our community are eager for these facilities to reopen, and I know that many others are still very concerned about the risks; we understand both of those reactions. All along the City has committed to following state and county guidance, to working closely with public health experts, and to prioritizing the health and safety of community members and the City workforce.

Our reopening approach is no different as we thoughtfully consider how best to resume some in-person services. In general you can expect to see a phased approach that includes modified hours and procedures to meet current public health requirements, as well as continued online service options whenever possible. Some specific announcements are included below, and we will share more as we move through reopening phases.

Take care,

Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Regulatory

The State’s Safer at Home Executive Order
The State’s Safer at Home Executive Order has been amended and extended until July 1, 2020. According to that order, additional businesses can open and activities can resume with abundant precautions. 

For extensive information on Safer-at-Home, including sector-specific guidance, please visit covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home. New guidance for short-term rentals went into effect yesterday, as well as updated guidance for personal services and child care.

All services included in the public health order are subject to physical distancing requirements. They are also encouraged to implement symptom monitoring protocols, including temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions, where possible. Additional guidance can be found here

Larimer County Updates
Larimer County has extended its face mask requirement indefinitely, aligning the timeline of the county policy with the City of Fort Collins policy.

The county mask requirement calls for people to wear face coverings inside most businesses unless the business can adhere to a strict social distancing checklist.

The county also amended the order to address the reopening of restaurants and indoor gyms. People are required to wear face coverings when they enter those businesses but can remove them to eat and drink, exercise and carry out other activities approved by the health department. Read the amended order.

Safer at Home

City
Reopening Annoucements
We are beginning to reopen certain City programs and facilities to the public. Our staff are continuing to plan for safe and thoughtful reopening procedures, including limited registration numbers, strict mask requirements, and physical distancing. Below are recent announcements and updates about specific facilities and programs:
  • Open park amenities include dog parks, skate parks, racquetball courts, tennis courts, disc golf, BMX and bike courses, archery range, horseshoe pits, and restrooms. Playgrounds at all locations remain closed, as well as the skate park and handball courts at Northside Aztlan Community Center. Shelters and sports fields are also available in limited capacities, and may require a variance request for use. Please visit fcgov.com/parks for more information, and follow any posted signage when visiting a park.
  • Golf courses are open, including driving ranges, onsite restaurants and patios, with new procedures in place to ensure guests are able to maintain physical distancing. Visit fcgov.com/golf for more information.
  • Select Recreation facilities and programs are working to reopen in phases, with several locations planning to open on June 8. Camp FunQuest programs began on June 1, with limited spaces still available. Visit fcgov.com/recreation for up-to-date information regarding facility status, opening dates and activity schedules.
  • The Gardens on Spring Creek reopened with capped numbers and timed entry on Tuesday, June 2. Prior to entering, guests must purchase an admissions ticket or make a member reservation online for a specific date and time to visit. Tickets will not be available onsite. The Butterfly House and gift shop will reopen on Monday, June 8. Visit fcgov.com/gardens/admissions for more information.
  • Natural Areas is offering limited in-person programming and virtual programming, with the option to adapt as guidelines shift. The Natural Areas Explorer booklet shares details along with programming plans through November.
More from Recreation

Business
Restaurant and Recreation Q & A with Larimer County Public Health
Larimer County Public Health submitted a variance request which was approved by the State of Colorado. This does not lift restrictions completely but allows our businesses to reopen with guidance from Public Health.

The Larimer County Health Department is now working with businesses included in the variance to safely reopen. As a part of the process the Department is hosting industry specific question and answer sessions.

Join on Thursday, June 4 at 2 p.m. for a virtual question and answer session for restaurants and recreation businesses:

Please submit your questions in advance of the session.

Larimer County residents have done a great job flattening the curve. Face coverings, social distancing, handwashing and frequent cleaning all help slow the spread of the virus in the community. Those precautions must continue in order to allow Larimer County to move forward with reopening businesses as safer at home restrictions are lifted.

Join the Session

Community

Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month
The City of Fort Collins’ Healthy Homes Program is celebrating National Healthy Homes Month by sharing resources and gifts on how to create a healthier and safer home.

Indoor air quality can be up to 5 times worse than outdoor air, and with more time being spent in homes, it is more important than ever to ensure our homes are healthy. 

Complete a DIY Assessment of your home and receive a personalized set of recommendations on how to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and safety hazards. Along with recommendations, if you complete the assessment and email the Healthy Homes Program (healthyhomes@fcgov.com) with your results before the end of the month, you will receive free gifts, including:
  • Radon Test Kit
  • Healthy Household Cleaner
  • Healthy Household Cleaning Recipes
  • Sustainable Cloth for Dusting

In order to be eligible for the free gifts, Fort Collins community members must complete the online assessment and email in their results before July 1, 2020.

More about Healthy Homes

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