Brown says a local coronavirus case would be 'tipping point' for canceling events

Mar 11, 2020

Mayor Byron Brown said there are still no confirmed cases of the virus in Buffalo or Western New York and the city currently plans to continue holding large public gatherings, such as this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The mayor said seeing a local case of the virus would push them to reconsider hosting public events.

"If we were to see that, that would certainly be a tipping point in moving in the direction of canceling of events. We are also, with large public events, monitoring where people may be coming from to attend events in the City of Buffalo," Brown said.

Brown said city officials will continue to monitor the situation and look at how other cities are reacting.

The mayor’s office also took part in a conference call with the White House on Wednesday. It is unknown if recommendations will be given to cities taking part in the call, but Brown says the city will follow the recommendations of the county health department, the state and the White House.