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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

The Town of Colonie will be re-opening all buildings to the public beginning March 29th, 2021.


The Town of Colonie continues to work with its partners at the town, county, state and federal levels to monitor the global outbreak, implement practices recommended to contain its spread and take steps to keep residents and Town employees healthy, safe and informed.

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Town and Community Updates

Town of Colonie buildings re-opening to the public

Beginning March 29th, 2021, the Town of Colonie will be re-opening all builidings to the public. Residents are required to wear a mask and adhere to COVID-19 social distancing measures.


Temporary Outdoor Seating Approval program for 2021

On March 25, the Colonie Town Board passed Resolution No. 142 of 2021 which authorizes a second season of the Temporary Outdoor Seating Approval Program. This was initially launched via a local emergency order by Town Supervisor Paula Mahan in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused local restaurants to reduce indoor capacity. This second round provides restaurants with another opportunity to welcome guests to dine outdoors for a 6 month season or until New York State eliminates restrictions on indoor seating.

Applications are being accepted at this time. Businesses will be allowed to welcome guests to these temporary outdoor seating areas on April 15. A reduced fee of $150 applies for the application. Temporary outdoor seating approved under this program that will include the use of a tent will apply to the Building Department after approval for a tent permit; a reduced fee of $500 will apply for the entire 6 month period.

Questions about this program can be directed to the Planning and Economic Development Department at (518) 783-2741.


COVID-19 Vaccines

The State of New York has developed a plan to distribute safe COVID-19 vaccinations to all New York residents who want one. The plan establishes that all New Yorkers age 16 and older are eligible for vaccine beginning April 6th. Appointments are required to receive the vaccine.

Anybody who needs help registering for vaccine availability should reach out the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

COVID-19 Vaccine:

The State of New York has developed a plan to distribute safe COVID-19 vaccinations to all New York residents who want one. The plan establishes that all New Yorkers age 16 and older are eligible for vaccine beginning April 6th. Anybody who needs help registering for vaccine availability should reach out the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

COVID-19 Symptoms:

Common signs of infection include: fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In some cases, infection can cause more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

COVID-19 Prevention:

We urge residents to take the following steps to protect you and your family from getting sick or spreading illness to others:

  • Stay home.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others when in public.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings as required by Governor Cuomo's executive order. Read more about this recommendation here.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.


Town Department Updates

Building and Fire Services
  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site). Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters.
    For additional information view the essential vs. non-essential guidelines in New York.
Division of Latham Water
  • If you are Notice To Residential Customers Of The Latham Water District
    Pursuant to the Covid-19 State of Emergency in New York State §89-L (Municipal Water Systems) of the Public Service Law has been amended as follows:
    Read More and Download The Form.
  • If you are Commercial Property Owner, be aware that the "New York On Pause" order from Governor Cuomo due to COVID-19 has left many large buildings such as schools, offices, hotels, factories, and medical facilities unoccupied or under-occupied for several weeks. Lack of water use during this period results in stagnation that can allow chlorine to drop to undetectable levels. Learn More.
Department of Public Works
General Services
Environmental Services
  • The landfill is continuing to operate normal hours. Monday through Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm and Saturday 7:00 am - 12 noon (Winter Hours).
  • The Colonie Solid Waste Facility will accept yard waste at no charge to residents with proper identification. Click here for more information.
  • The Yard Waste Collection program has began since April 27th, 2020. See updated weekly schedule.
Senior Resources Department
Justice Department
Town Clerk


Event Updates

  • The Parks and Recreation Playground Program has been cancelled for 2021. For up-to-date information about other Parks and Recreation programs, visit their page.
  • More information regarding the upcoming 2021 season of the Farmers Market will be provided as information becomes available.