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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 12-14-20

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Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Brown today welcomed back gyms and salons after those businesses were permitted to reopen, with restrictions, by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week. On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that gyms and salons located within the Orange Zone designation, which includes the City of Buffalo, can reopen, with capacity limited to 25% for gyms and 50% for salons and barbershops.

Mayor Brown stated, “I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has allowed gyms, salons and barbershops to reopen in the City of Buffalo. These and other small businesses are being badly hurt by the pandemic and rely on us for their very survival. Please continue to take the necessary precautions to protect you, your family and our community from COVID-19. By working together to stem the spread of this virus, we are keeping these businesses open while also protecting public health.”

Mayor Brown participates in Electoral College vote

Mayor Brown today participated in the Electoral College vote in Albany. Mayor Brown is one of 29 electors tasked with determining the winner of New York’s popular vote. Other electors include Former President Bill Clinton, Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

Mayor Brown stated, “I am proud to play such a critical role in our historic election process and look forward to casting my vote for President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris as determined by the will of New Yorkers on Election Day. I also look forward to working with their Administration to successfully see our nation and City through the COVID-19 global health pandemic.”

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.

Mayor Brown encourages residents to participate in annual Toy Joy Drive

Mayor Brown and the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. invite residents to help families in need this holiday season by donating toys or gift cards to the annual Toy Joy Drive. The City of Buffalo is hosting two safe, contactless drop off events in front of Buffalo City Hall at 65 Niagara Square on Wednesday, December 16th and Thursday, December 17th, from Noon to 3pm. You can also arrange to have toys and gift card donations picked up by calling 851-4841.

Buffalo Business Blitz grows

Mayor Brown’s Buffalo Business Blitz initiative has raised nearly $52,600 since it launched on December 1st. The Buffalo Business Blitz is a partnership with Buffalo Bills Cornerback Josh Norman to provide assistance to struggling small businesses in Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. The program began when Josh Norman provided $25,000 of his own money to fund grants of up to $2,500 each to participating impacted businesses. If you’d like to donate, visit

Holiday Garbage and recycling collections

This year, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are on a Friday. During those weeks, Friday garbage and recycling collections will be picked up on Saturday. All other collections remain unchanged.

New educational recycling campaign kicks off

Mayor Brown launched his new upcycling public awareness initiative, designed to teach residents via social media how to creatively upcycle with the City of Buffalo’s 34andMore. Upcycling is a form of recycling that turns waste into new materials, giving new use to a product that would otherwise be discarded or recycled.

Mayor Brown stated, “The Holiday season is a great time for residents to think about reusing or upcycling items around their house that would otherwise be thrown out. As we continue to promote a more beautiful    and environmentally friendly community, upcycling gives us another creative way to reduce our footprint and protect our environment.”

Now through December 30th, a variety of upcycling messages will be posted and shared on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a number of the City’s social media platforms. To learn more, visit

Sign up for the BuffAlert Parking Updates initiative

More than 3,200 residents have signed up for the new 9am-4pm 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 program provides residents with notice to move their vehicles in these zones during snow events.

Downtown Dollars Giveaway continues

The Downtown Dollars Giveaway initiative, a partnership between Buffalo Place and Buffalo Urban Development Corporation’s (BUDC) Queen City Pop Up Program, continues to attract consumers to Downtown Buffalo businesses. Shoppers have the opportunity to win $50 Downtown Dollars Giveaway Certificates now through December 24th. The contest is presented through the Buffalo Place social media channels. Several times per week Buffalo Place will post a photo and description of a participating Downtown Dollars Giveaway business. Entrants will be instructed to “like” the post and featured business and tag two friends in order to be entered to win a $50 Downtown Dollars Certificate, good at 20 participating businesses. To learn more, visit or

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 save lives by giving blood

Mayor Brown asks healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate supply. Donating is safe and precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment, 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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