Canalside will be open this summer, but with restrictions

4th of July Celebration is canceled
Posted at 10:00 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 18:28:17-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Waterfront-- which includes Canalside and the Outer Harbor-- will be open this summer with some important restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think it's gonna be a much quieter, simper summer out here," said Steven Ranalli, President of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

Some of the notable changes include bathrooms only allowing one person at a time, all seats to be at least six feet apart, and the 4th of July Celebration canceled.

The Buffalo Waterfront has issued these restrictions for customers

  • Masks will be required at all on site programming events (farmers market) and greatly encouraged when enjoying a day at Canalside or Outer Harbor.
  • Common areas and high customer contact areas (i.e. door entrances, hand railings, seating) to be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
  • Restrooms to be cleaned and sanitized based on frequency of use.
  • A full sanitization of points of sale, restrooms, seating, railings and all common spaces at both properties will take place overnight by designated staff.
  • Reduced seating has been implemented at both Canalside and Outer Harbor to help ensure safe social distancing practices. Seating that is available has been placed six feet apart.
  • Hand sanitization stations are readily available for use at various locations throughout Canalside and Outer Harbor during hours of operation.
  • Informational signage has been installed throughout both properties displaying social distancing and sanitization guidelines.
  • Six feet distancing markers and signage have been installed at all food and beverage points of sale for public guidance.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed for the safety of both staff and guest at all food and beverage kiosks.
  • All to-go food packaging, utensils and condiments have become single serve.
  • Touchless payment systems have been installed wherever possible.
  • Select site amenities and vendors will be closed temporarily. Reopen dates will be in accordance with State guidelines and with the interest of the health and safety of site visitors and staff. Updates will be available on

The Buffalo Waterfront has issued these restrictions for workers

  • Mandate that all staff wear protective masks.
  • Train all employees on the importance of frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content and give them clear instruction to avoid touching hands to face.
  • All staff required to take health check, survey and/or temperature prior to shift.
  • All employees are required to report any fever or illness to supervisor.
  • Any employees that become ill are prohibited from the workplace and may only return after the employee self-isolates for fourteen days from the onset of symptoms and be symptom-free for three days without medication (as per CDC guidelines).

Most of the events scheduled this summer at Canalside will be virtual, such as online yoga and fitness classes.

"I think it's a great opportunity to provide people with some resources to stay healthy, get outside even if it's in their own backyard and get fit and stay active," said Jillian Beccue, a fitness instructor at Bike or Bar.

While other events like drive-in movies, creators at the boardwalk, and canalside scavenger hunts are scheduled to take place at the waterfront.

"So you can come down here and be responsible and still have a great time all summer long," said Ranalli.

You can find a complete list of events at the Buffalo Waterfront here.