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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Provides Update to City Residents Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak Response

March 27, 2020

Date: March 27, 2020
Contact: David Galin
(518) 801-2857

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Echoes Call of NYS Governor Cuomo, Albany County Executive McCoy, and Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Whalen to Continue Following Social Distancing Guidelines

Mayor Sheehan Calls on Residents to Maintain Social Distance in City Parks and Refrain from Contact Sports or Use of Playgrounds

Mayor Sheehan Informs Residents Where to Access Food, Day Care, Wi-Fi, and Community Gardens

Mayor Sheehan Reminds Residents to Visit City of Albany COVID-19 Resource Guide for Additional Information

Stay Home.  Be Kind.  Save Lives.

ALBANY, NY – Today, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan provided residents with a video update regarding the City’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To view Mayor Sheehan’s message, please visit the City’s Facebook page.  To download a copy of Mayor Sheehan’s message, please click here.

Continued Call to Follow Social Distancing Guidelines:

Mayor Sheehan once again echoed the call of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy and Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen to continue following social distancing guidelines.  It continues to be imperative that residents do everything possible to “flatten the curve.”

Parks & Playgrounds: Mayor Sheehan joined Department of Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Jones to remind residents to maintain social distance when in City Parks.  Mayor Sheehan and Commissioner Jones highlighted new signage being installed in City Parks that informs residents that playground equipment is closed, and no one should be engaging in contact activities.  Mayor Sheehan and Commissioner Jones reiterated that should contact activities continue to be witnessed, the City may be forced to close areas such as but not limited to basketball courts, tennis courts, and the Washington Park skatepark.

Where to Access Food, Day Care, Wi-Fi, and Community Gardens:

Feed Albany:This week, Mayor Sheehan helped pack meals for at-risk and in-need neighbors, including those in the hospitality industry who have lost their jobs during the outbreak.  If you need a meal, or want to help volunteer, please visit or call 518-261-2754.

Day Care: Albany City Schools & YMCA offering childcare to health and emergency-response personnel.  To register, please call 518-869-3500.  Day care is available daily from 7am to 6pm at:

  • Arbor Hill Elementary
  • Eagle Point Elementary
  • Giffen Elementary
  • New Scotland Elementary
  • Schuyler Achievement Academy
  • Sheridan Preparatory Academy

Wi-Fi: The Albany Public Library is closed until further notice, but during the closure, APL patrons will be able to get digital materials including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other resources via  Individuals can continue to access Wi-Fi around the 7 branches as well as Washington Park near the Lakehouse & Skate Park, and Lincoln Park near the pool.

Community Gardens: Feeling cooped up and wondering about ways to safely be outdoors? With summer right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to grow your own food or plants with Capital Roots.  Be sure to visit for information on open garden plots in your neighborhood.  If you find a plot that you would like to reserve, please call (518) 274-8685 or email to begin the reservation process.

Curbside Pick-Up Parking Now Available:

To help create more parking opportunities and make curbside pick-up safer for both restaurant employees and customers alike, the City, Albany Police Department, and ParkAlbany have lifted time-limit parking restrictions across the City (except in residential permit areas, emergency no parking areas, and loading zones) and created designated curbside pick-up parking areas in front of eateries still open during the outbreak.

For a complete list of businesses that remain open for take-out, please visit the City of Albany COVID-19 resource guide.  Any restaurant offering take-out that would like to be included in the program should contact or (518) 434-5105 to request the appropriate signage.

COVID-19 Prevention Reminders:

As a reminder, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health for the most recent guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and symptoms.

All individuals are urged to continue following social distancing protocols, including staying at home as much as possible, especially if you feel ill but even if you feel well, keeping at least 6 feet from other individuals, avoiding unnecessary appointments, regularly washing hands, covering coughs, avoiding the touching of face, eyes, mouth, nose, and ears, and taking special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

You may also find a variety of City of Albany-specific COVID-19 response information, including information regarding where to access food or child care, school closures, and how to volunteer, by visiting the City of Albany COVID-19 Resource Guide.