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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Applauds Law That Expands Outdoor Seating At Restaurants

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Buffalo, NY – Today,  Mayor Byron W.  Brown applauded the members of the Buffalo Common Council for passage of     an ordinance amendment that adds a new provision to the Special Events law, enabling restaurants to expand outdoor seating areas to include parking lots and other outdoor spaces, with the required approvals.

Mayor Brown said, “Thanks to the members of the Common Council for our shared vision of getting the Buffalo economy moving again, safely and quickly. We must do everything we can to assist our small businesses and restaurants, and today’s action will enable our restaurants to enhance the number of diners they will be able to seat, while complying with the New York Forward Phase 2 physical distancing requirements that are in place to promote public health and keep guests and staff safe.”

Delaware District Councilmember Joel Feroleto, who chaired the working group for Mayor Brown’s Small Business Social Distancing Initiative, said, “This legislation will help small businesses and their employees in the City of Buffalo. The food service industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and we want to help as they reopen.”

The City of Buffalo Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning, Brendan Mehaffy, stated, “Mayor Brown has directed his Administration from the beginning for the COVID-19 emergency to work with small businesses and find solutions for them during this difficult summer to prosper. I heard someone say recently that small businesses are the flavor of a city and without small businesses, our city has no taste. Under Mayor Brown’s direction, we moved expeditiously to assist small businesses and restaurants and are grateful for the Common Council’s support.”

The City of Buffalo has been and continues to assist eligible restaurants interested in offering outdoor dining services. Per New York State regulations, outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. Restaurants can submit open public space use plans at reopenbuffalo.

To learn more about the gradual phases of reopening, visit The Brown Administration continues to work with the small business community, marketing experts and others to ensure businesses have access to the latest information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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