Buffalo, NY – Mayor Brown reminds residents that tonight’s curfew begins at 8:00 PM and will last through 5:00 AM tomorrow. The curfew order will remain in effect every night until 5:00 AM, Monday, June 8th. Individuals traveling to and from work or for other necessary reasons including childcare, medical care, or other essential activities, will be allowed. Mayor Brown is also asking residents to keep their sanitation totes off of the street overnight to limit the potential for vandalism and to place them at the curb on the morning of their regularly scheduled trash and recycling pick-up.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that outdoor dining will return on Thursday, June 4th, at eligible restaurants in the City of Buffalo. 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 interested offering new outdoor seating in response to the physical distancing requirements which have to be observed can submit open public space use plans by visiting www.buffalony.gov/reopenbuffalo.
Mayor Brown stated, “This is an important step forward for many businesses crippled by the COID-19 pandemic. I encourage residents to support our local businesses, the backbone of our economy. I also urge residents to obey the State’s guidelines to ensure that we maintain health and public safety so we can continue to dine out and safely reenergize our recovering economy.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday that Western New York officially entered Phase II, following a review of regional data by global public health experts. To learn more about the gradual phases of reopening, visit forward.ny.gov. 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.
Mayor Brown will join other elected officials, leaders in the faith community and others tonight for “I Can’t Breathe,” the first of a two night panel discussion addressing police brutality and racial injustice. The program will air tonight at 7pm on the legendary WUFO Mix 1080 AM.
On Friday, June 5th, the Belle Center will be giving away bags of free groceries and masks to families in need at 104 Maryland Street. The distribution runs from 9 am to 1 pm.
Mayor Brown continues to call on residents to complete their 2020 Census questionnaires. The City’s Census response rate as of Wednesday, June 3rd, is 48.5%. Mayor Brown set a goal of 100% participation. An accurate count allows the City to access hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid that fund infrastructure improvements, education, critical community programming and much more. Complete your questionnaire at 2020Census.gov.
ConnectLife says the need for blood by local hospitals has increased. Mayor Brown encourages healthy residents to donate to help maintain an adequate blood supply. Donating is safe and social distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.
If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, find the closest test site near you by visiting covid19.buffalony.gov. The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites, with addresses, which are located throughout the City, contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing. Additional locations to provide this vital service can be added to this resource by visiting www.buffalony. gov/SubmitTestSite.
Residents looking for work can get assistance through the Buffalo Employment and Training Center by calling 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote counseling sessions. More than 100 residents have been placed in positions since the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency.