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Massachusetts

All information updated weekly and based on official information made available to the public from state and federal government agencies.

Worker Protections and Safety

Unemployment:

  • Unemployment assistance information here and available in Spanish here
  • Reduced requirements for filing unemployment claims during COVID-19. More information here
  • Massachusetts Implements Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Member Resources

Childcare:

  • Emergency child care programs will be available for children and families who are required to work during the pandemic. More information here

 

Transportation:

  • Reduced MBTA services here
  • Public Transportation: The MBTA is posting updates on its schedule and service changes due as the situation with COVID-19 in Massachusetts changes here
  • Driver’s Licenses (RMV): The RMV will implement a 60-day extension to the current expiration date for Class D, Class DMs, ID cards, and Learner’s Permits within the RMV system. All individuals with expired/expiring credentials dated between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, will continue to have an active status until sixty (60) days after the expiration date printed on their credential. Note: this extension does not apply to immigrants whose license expiration date is their end of stay in the United States

 

Resources about food assistance:

 

Housing:

  • Moratorium on Evictions & Utility Shutoffs: The Housing Court has granted a moratorium on evictions. This will allow families to quarantine and shelter in place without disruptions. Additionally, there is a moratorium on utility shut offs through the Department of Utilities until the state of emergency in Massachusetts is lifted.
  • Temporary suspension of most eviction proceedings until August 18th. More information here

 

Health and counseling:

  • Healthcare workers can request medical masks here
  • Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency Supply Hub will bring additional supplies/resources to healthcare institutions. More information here
  • For personal care attendants in need of PPE, they can request masks here
  • Additional funding announced to support nursing homes here

 

Guidelines and registration

  • Extended registration for professional licenses. More information here

Public Health

Update on stay-at-home order:

  • Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th
  • Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to subscribe to real-time notifications
  • Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th. More information here
  • Reopening Massachusetts – learn more about the phased approach here
  • New guidance for reopening of summer camps, child care, and summer recreational programs here
  • Main page for reopening process: Phase 2
  • DPH Public Health Advisory: People over 65 and those with underlying health conditions should stay home, with the exception of essential trips for healthcare and groceries

COVID-19 Testing