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Update to the Level Up Program - with the move to Level Orange, all businesses may open to the orange capacity effective Monday January 4, 2021 at noon.  Businesses that have been certified for the Level Up program will need to wait to operate at yellow until the state determines we are eligible based on local metrics.  That likely will be one to two weeks if our case trends continue to stay low.  

Business can go through the application process for the voluntary Level Up Program, but they will not be able to move to yellow until we are officially told we can. 

  1. Complete the online application 
  2. The Level Up Administrative Review Committee then reviews and certifies the business contingent upon a successful on-site inspection 
  3. On-site inspection and certification by Public Health Representative 

Please note, no Larimer County business may start operating at a higher capacity level until that individual business has completed the application process and received the Level Up Certification. 

Current information on the Level Up Program. 

View all certified businesses at 


About the Level-Up Program 

The Level Up Pilot Program was inspired by the Mesa County Variance Protection Program (referred to as the 5-star rating program). It represents a creative grass-roots effort to keep Larimer County residents safe and businesses functioning during the ongoing pandemic. This is a collaborative effort that has had robust participation from the business community-spanning a diverse set of industry sectors- the local chambers of commerce, economic development professionals and public health officials. Enlisting the help of the business community creates more cooperation and engagement resulting in a higher level of compliance. Ultimately, the Level-Up Pilot Program is focused on suppressing the virus and mitigating economic damage to the business community. 

The Level Up Pilot Program will have participating businesses apply a layered approach of proven strategies to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  Participation will be based on the ability to apply current best practices and to prove compliance with implementing those protocols. This pilot program couples a robust messaging and education campaign to the business community and the general public to increase compliance with current public health guidance, particularly in the importance of limiting gatherings to members of a single household. 

In adherence with the core elements of the state framework, the program was developed and will be operated by an Administrative Committee made up of members of the Loveland, Estes Park and Fort Collins Chambers of Commerce, City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland and Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development, Larimer Recovery Collaborative, and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. For more information and updates, visit  

“We are thrilled that CDPHE, the Larimer County Commissioners and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) provided this opportunity for business to reopen safely.  This could make the difference between survival and closure for so many of our business partners.  We appreciate the incredible work of our local Health Department staff and our partners to make this happen,” said Ann Hutchison, Executive Vice President of the Fort Collins Area Chamber.

Published on: 
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 3:59am
Contact Details: 

LCEWD Fort Collins Office
200 W. Oak St., Suite 5000
Fort Collins, CO 80522
(970) 498-6600

LCEWD Loveland Office
200 Peridot Ave., Suite 1100
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 498-6600

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