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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 11-30-20


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W.  Brown today launched a new parking tool to assist residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo. Residents can sign up for the BuffAlert Parking Update initiative by texting JOIN PARKINGUPDATES to 30890. Once enrolled, participating residents will receive a text message or phone call 24 hours before the 9am-4pm Alternate Parking Restrictions need to be enforced for snow maintenance. The goal of the program is to give residents ample time to move their vehicles in these zones during snow events.

Mayor Brown stated, “Since March, my Administration has worked to maintain the suspension of 9am-4pm Alternate Parking Restrictions during the COVID-19 emergency, as we realize many residents are working from home. With the return of winter weather to our region, it is very difficult for crews to plow streets where vehicles are parked on both sides in the 9am-4pm Alternate Parking Zones. Through this creative initiative, residents can work with the City to make our Alternate Street Parking Assistance Plan work this winter.”

The City of Buffalo will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of this notification system on a weekly basis to ensure that we are balancing the needs of the residents who park on these streets. Residents interested in participating in the program must text JOIN PARKINGUPDATES to 30890, even if they are already subscribed to BuffAlert.

Parking reminder for tonight

Tonight, there is a 6 pm parking switchover, from 6 pm Monday to 6 pm Thursday. The alternate side parking on these streets is critical for emergency vehicle access.

Shop local this Cyber Monday

Mayor Brown is calling on residents to support Buffalo’s many small businesses this Cyber Monday. The national retail event was created to encourage consumers to shop online and has grown to become one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Mayor Brown stated, “COVID-19 continues to impact our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy. Small businesses are depending on us for their very survival during this emergency. I urge residents to help our neighborhood businesses by buying local as often as possible this holiday season and beyond.”

Mayor Brown’s new small business boost initiative, Buy Black Buffalo week, kicks off Friday, December 4th and runs to December 11th. The event, sponsored in partnership with AT&T helps to drive consumers to Black- owned businesses in Buffalo this holiday season. The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center is coordinating the eight-day event. For more information, visit

Support available for small 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

Sign up for BuffAlert

Use BuffAlert to stay informed on important information like emergencies and cancellations. You can sign up by texting JOIN BUFFALERT to 30890.

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