|Significant Rochester events during the year of 2020|
|Month, Day||RocWiki Entry and Description|
The first case of COVID-19 is reported in New York State. Within weeks, practically all retail businesses close and the unemployment rate skyrockets.
NYS COVID-19 updates
|May 30||Black Lives Matter protests begin, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN|
|September 2||The general public learns of the Killing of Daniel Prude, months after his March 23 encounter with Rochester police officers and March 30 death. For more information, see Lovely A. Warren. BLM protests intensify, most led by Free the People ROC.|
|November||The "second wave" of the COVID-19 pandemic results in increased infections, hospitalizations and deaths, locally, nationally and worldwide. New York State's system of identifying zones based on rates of infections results in severe restrictions on businesses and gatherings in some areas around Rochester, especially in the city. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against family gatherings for Thanksgiving; while this is more restrictive than New York's guidelines, Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a backlash for announcing plans to host his elderly mother and adult children, and cancels those plans two hours later. Still, hope is kindled as companies around the world announce preliminary successes with vaccine tests. The Supreme Court of the United States rules that the NY governor may not treat religious gatherings more strictly than business operations. This perceived support for the freedom of religion pleases national conservatives in the wake of Republican President Donald Trump's election defeat by Democrat Joe Biden (Barack Obama's Vice President).|