The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens reopened to the public on July 15, 2020. We are #BackUnderTheDome!
Orange Zone-The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens currently falls under the Orange Zone of the NY Forward Plan. We are able to remain open and operating under this zone and we are following strict safety guidelines and limiting visitor capacity to keep all of our visitors and staff as safe as possible. We will provide updates when appropriate.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for all visitors, including members, due to capacity limitations. Walk-ins may be turned away if capacity is surpassed. To maintain our capacity limit and the safety of both visitors and staff, we encourage visitors to limit their visit to 1-1.5 hours. Please arrive with your E-tickets ready to be scanned and have your ID available.
TRAVEL ADVISORY - If you have traveled from outside of New York State for more than 24 hours, you must adhere to the Travel Advisory mandated by New York State. If you have not followed the quarantine and testing guidelines, you will be denied entry into the Botanical Gardens. This is to keep our staff, visitors, and their families safe.
The COVID-19 health crisis is rapidly evolving and the health and safety of all visitors, staff, volunteers and the extended community is extremely important.
Public gardens are indispensable to community healing, offering much-needed places for respite and connection with nature. The loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 situation is devastating and with 94% of our budget coming from membership, admission and fundraising efforts, the community’s support of the Botanical Gardens is important now more than ever!
A task force, comprised of a cross section of staff members was created to develop a plan to reopen the Botanical Gardens in the safest way possible. The comprehensive reopening plan and sanitization strategies are designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
To provide an orderly transition while maintaining safety, the Botanical Gardens’ transparent and flexible reopening plan is organized into three phases: Phase One: Initial, many restrictions; Phase Two: Modified, some restrictions lifted; Phase Three: New Normal operations.
Click below to see a quick version of the reopening plan and the very detailed plan.
Cleaning and sanitizing are a top high priority, and with the recommendations provided by the CDC, the Botanical Gardens has created a high standard of cleaning and disinfecting on its campus to ensure everyone is safe. Touchable surfaces, with particular attention given to high-touch areas, will be cleaned and sanitized with a CDC approved cleaner/disinfectant several times per day including but not limited to: before the Botanical Gardens opens to the public, at mid-day and at the close of business. Touchless hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed throughout the Botanical Gardens and signage will be placed throughout the Botanical Gardens to remind visitors of the Safety Etiquette Guidelines.
The leadership and staff at the Botanical Gardens is monitoring the situation closely and following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by New York State and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). They have also made a pledge to the Buffalo Cares: Stay Safe Pledge through Visit Buffalo Niagara. It is a shared commitment between local hospitality and tourism organizations to take precautions to keep everyone stay safe.
The Botanical Gardens will continue to prioritize the safety of all visitors, staff, and volunteers throughout the reopening process and will continue to provide public updates as the situation changes.
We have also made a pledge to the Buffalo Cares: Stay Safe Pledge through Visit Buffalo Niagara. It is a shared commitment between local hospitality and tourism organizations to take precautions to keep everyone safe.