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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, March 20

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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.

Parking Update:

• 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.

Park & Recreation Update:

• 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

  • Both the federal and state governments have moved the tax deadline from April 15th to July 15th.
  • New York State’s application to be eligible for the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Program has been approved. For more information, business owners can visit sba.gov.
  • Due to the new workforce mandate, the Buffalo Employment and Training Center is temporarily suspending its employment hotline. We will work to restore those services as quickly as possible.
  • Buffalo Public Schools has adjusted its breakfast and lunch meal distribution plan. Starting Monday, March 23rd, meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the same time and at the same locations they have been previously distributed from.
  • There is still an urgent need in our area for blood donations. If you are healthy and able to donate, make an appointment by visiting ConnectLifeGiveBlood.org or by calling 529.4270.   • Completing the Census is important and having an accurate count will help our City in the recovery phase of this emergency.  Go to 2020Census.gov to fill out your form.
  • There are now more than 60,000 people signed up for Buff-Alert. Get the latest information on emergencies, public service announcements or events by texting “Join BuffAlert” to 30890.
  • Continue to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable in our community, including older adults, homebound individuals, persons with disabilities, and those who live alone are in danger of social isolation.
  • If you cannot get in touch with someone who is vulnerable or sick please call 911 and request the Buffalo Police Department to perform a “welfare check”.
  • Mayor Brown directed the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT) to light their structures red, white and blue tonight in a show of support for those suffering from COVID-19, to thank those who are working round-the-clock to stop the community spread of the virus, and to remind people to continue to practice social distancing.

Safety Reminders:

• 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

 


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