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Posted on: March 18, 2020

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

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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, “One week ago, I was in Niagara Square announcing the cancellation of St. Patrick’s Day Parades. And, while much has changed since then, some things remain the same - our sense of community, compassion and perseverance will help see us through this.”


The City of Buffalo will comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s accelerated efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, increasing the work-from-home mandate from 50% to 75%.

In addition to the public health emergency, the National Weather Service is forecasting a windstorm, with wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, impacting the Buffalo region over the next 24 hours.

  • Erie Basin Marina and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., Centennial Park are closed to the public, effective immediately
  • The Department of Public Works and other City Departments are prepared to respond to this situation, or any other potential shoreline flooding
  • Residents are encouraged to do their part by securing garbage and recycling totes to make it easier and safer for City Street and Sanitation workers
  • Mayor Brown asked residents to cooperate with the City’s alternate parking rules: tonight, there’s a 6 pm switchover, from 6 pm Thursday to 6 pm Monday
  • Storm Emergency Numbers:
  • 911 for all life-threatening emergencies
  • 311 for non-emergencies
  • 1.800.867.5222 to report a power outage to National Grid

In an effort to stop community spread of COVID-19 and limit exposure, Buffalo Police are asking residents to call their local police districts to file reports or get information, rather than visit those locations in person. For Buffalo Fire non- emergency fire-related questions, call 311. These buildings will close to the general public tonight at 8 pm except for emergencies. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Buffalo police school resource officers and traffic officers continue to assist Buffalo Public Schools, with the packaging and distribution of school meals to families.

Blood donations are a critical part of Buffalo’s health infrastructure. Residents, who are healthy and symptom-free, are still being urged to give blood to ensure that our region maintains an adequate supply for patients who rely on this. To make an appointment; visit or call 529.4270. ConnectLife President & CEO Mark J. Simon joined Mayor Brown at today’s 4 pm update, stating, “While the intrinsic safety of the blood supply is not at risk from COVID-19, the availability of the local blood supply is severely threatened due to a decrease in blood donor appointments and cancellation of blood drives. Blood donors are needed now more than ever. We cannot wait for the situation to intensify further before taking action. The blood supply cannot be taken for granted and COVID-19 only heightens the need for a ready blood supply.”

If your job status has been impacted by COVID-19 and you need help looking for a new job, you can call the Buffalo Employment and Training Center at 867.JOBS. Employment counselors are working remotely so you can make an appointment to set up one on one counseling sessions.

Reminder: completing the Census is critically important and having an accurate count will help the City of Buffalo in the recovery phase of this emergency. Go to to fill out your form.

Reminder: Governor Cuomo announced today that the Department of Financial Services has directed mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to borrowers impacted by the coronavirus; itincludes waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship; no late or online payment fees and no negative reporting to credit bureaus.

Nearly 250 people have answered Mayor Brown’s call to volunteer during this emergency. If you have a vehicle and want to pitch in and help the good work of our community organizations, sign up at

Nearly 13,000 people have signed up for Buff-Alert. Get signed up for Buff-Alert to receive the latest information on emergencies, public service announcements or events by texting “Join BuffAlert” to 30890.

As a show of solidarity and unity, Mayor Brown is asking the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team to light their buildings and structures in red, white and blue tomorrow night, Friday, March 20, 2020. For more information about BuffaloLit, go to

The Brown Administration continues to compile important information to help assist residents. You can find information on COVID-19, a list of local food pantries, child care resources and much more on the City’s website.


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