Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo continue to work to ensure public safety, prioritize the health and welfare of residents and visitors, and reduce circles of exposure to COVID-19 in our community.
Mayor Brown stated, “Today, our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic has entered a new phase due to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order for 100% of employees to work from home except for those delivering essential services. The State has issued guidance to help you determine if your business is considered essential. Tonight, we are circulating a graphic we made on all of the City’s communication and social media platforms that identifies the types of businesses which are considered essential. I ask everyone to share this graphic as much as possible. These measures are necessary to help stop the community spread of the virus, which has the potential to overwhelm our healthcare system if we do not take these necessary steps. It is important that we remain calm, and continue to be there for one another, just as we have been during this difficult time.”
Mayor Brown continued, “As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we must continue to treat each other with kindness and consideration. This could be our most defining moment as a City. We are united, we are the City of Good Neighbors. We will get through this together. We are Buffalo strong.”
THE FOLLOWING LIST INDICATES THE LATEST UPDATES, CHANGES AND REMINDERS TO CITY OF BUFFALO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS THAT AFFECT THE PUBLIC, EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
• All non-essential travel between the United State and Canada will no longer be allowed beginning at 11:59 PM tonight until April 20th. Essential travel over the border will be permitted for medical or emergency purposes, work, commercial vehicles including tractor trailers and those on Government business.
• Until further notice, parking is available in all Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps free of charge, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. If residents choose to park their vehicles in a ramp, they should remove all personal belongings and lock their doors
• All on-street parking will be free of charge until further notice. Motorists may park in any legal spot in the City of Buffalo without having to pay
• Individuals should continue to leave handicap spaces available for persons with disabilities, obey instructions on street parking signs that prohibit parking, not block fire hydrants or crosswalks, and continue to follow alternate side street parking instructions for those streets where 6AM to 6 PM alternate side street parking is in effect to allow for the passage of emergency vehicles
• Governor Cuomo ordered the closure of all barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and other personal care services, effective 8 p-m Saturday, March 21, 2020.
• Due to the reported instances of large groups of people gathering in parks and playgrounds to play sports, use playground equipment or engage in other activities that bring individuals into close physical contact with others, playgrounds,athletic courts and fields in the parks are closed
• Other aspects of the parks will remain open for passive uses. However, even passive park users should maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others while in the parks
• The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park remains closed
• All other gatherings in the City of Buffalo are prohibited. No exceptions
• Never open your door to anyone you don’t know
• Talk to your neighbor through the closed door or from a window to help prevent the spread of the virus
• Please watch out for scams. If you get a suspicious phone call or email asking for personal information please do not respond and report it to the proper authorities