March 13, 2020
Visit Buffalo Niagara, as the destination marketing organization for Erie County, is closely monitoring the rapidly moving circumstances, responses and public health recommendations related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
The health and well-being of the traveling public, as well as our partners, colleagues and staff are our primary concern as this public health event unfolds and impacts the travel and tourism industry.
With that in mind, we urge visitors and locals alike to follow the recommended procedures and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Erie County Health Department.
For your reference, here are links to these official sources of information:
NYS Dept. of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
Erie County: http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=coronavirus
This is an emerging, quickly evolving situation. You are advised to regularly check for updates on the status of the virus and recommended health guidelines as we all work to prevent the spread of this disease.
While no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Buffalo and Erie County as of the morning of Friday, March 13th, local health officials are proceeding on the assumption that the virus has found its way to our region and encouraging the public to exercise caution.
Per state and local officials, several special events, theatrical productions, parades and public gatherings have been postponed or cancelled in Buffalo and Erie County, including the closing of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for two weeks beginning March 12th. We encourage you to check host websites to determine the status of an event or venue.
Visit Buffalo Niagara will share industry news and updates as they become available as we continue to work to promote our destination for future travel.