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Posted on: November 25, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 11-25-20

Buffalo, NY –Mayor Byron W. Brown continues to stress the importance of remaining vigilant as residents begin celebrating Thanksgiving. With the region’s infection rate on the rise, Mayor Brown is calling on the community to abide by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s guidelines, which are in place as part of a strategy to reduce COVID-19 infections.

Mayor Brown stated “This holiday season, I urge you to keep your guard up by taking all necessary steps to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Wear your mask correctly, make sure your mouth and nose are covered. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. While the holiday season is typically a time to gather with loved ones, I’m asking you to only gather with members of your household. The actions that we take right now will have a direct impact on the health of our community. Let’s continue to work together to protect public health this holiday season. I wish you all a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving. May God bless you and God bless the City of Buffalo.”

Garbage and Recycling collection continues on Thanksgiving

The Department of Public Works reminds residents that the Thanksgiving holiday will not impact garbage pickup and recycling collection.

The City of Buffalo lights up in celebration of Thanksgiving

On Thursday, November 26th, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALO LIT), Mayor Brown announced that our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit in orange and red in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Extended: Winter Parking Regulations on bus routes go into effect Wednesday

Mayor Brown has extended the suspension of Winter Parking Regulations on Bus Routes until Wednesday, December 2nd at 1:30am. Side streets in the City of Buffalo with 9am - 4pm alternate parking designations have also been suspended until Wednesday, December 2nd. Parking officials remind residents that all other parking regulations remain in place.

Reminder: Buffalo Police Departments are closed to the public

As part of the Brown Administration’s ongoing effort to fight community spread of COVID-19, all Buffalo Police Department buildings are closed to the public. Police services remain fully operational and the Department is ready to respond to the needs of residents. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For non-emergency assistance, please call the appropriate precinct or 3-1-1.

For Police assistance, please call:

  • Buffalo Police Headquarters, 68 Court Street: 851-4444
  • A District, 1847 South Park Avenue: 851-4415
  • B District, 695 Main Street: 851-4403
  • C District, 693 E. Ferry Street: 851-4412
  • D District 669 Hertel Avenue: 851-4413
  • E District, 2767 Bailey Avenue: 851-4416

Supporting local businesses

Mayor Brown reminds small businesses in the City of Buffalo that help is available during the COVID-19 emergency. Businesses interested in expanding outdoor services can do so through the Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI). Program participants must adhere to specific guidelines and must obtain a permit to use heaters by contacting the City of Buffalo Office of Fire Prevention at 716-851-5333 ext.750. The City of Buffalo also offers additional resources to local small businesses through, a one-stop destination with a variety of resources.

COVID-19 testing available

To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites throughout the City with contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription for testing.

Help your community during the COVID-19 emergency by donating blood

Mayor Brown encourages healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate 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

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