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Massachusetts Specific Information

ASSISTANCE WITH FOOD The Commonwealth’s Department of Transitional Assistance offers assistance with food and cash benefits to residents based on eligibility. To see if you qualify, visit https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/

LICENSE RENEWALS Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will extend the renewal timeline of certain credentials to reduce need for customers to physically visit service center for in-person transactions. Read more here.

MORATORIUM ON UTILITY SHUT-OFFS The Department of Public Utilities has issued a moratorium to suspend all shut-offs of gas and electric utilities, including Municipal Light and Gas Plants, for residential customers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS The Boston Housing Authority notified the state Housing Court that it will not pursue “non-essential eviction actions” for as long as Massachusetts’ declared state of emergency lasts. Legislators are working to pause evictions and foreclosures across the state.

TRAVEL The CDC issues Travel Notices with recommendations based on the destination and the risk factor of the individual. These notices are geographic-specific and can be found here. Some individual airlines are also reducing flights so make sure you check with your carrier.

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the launch of a new text-based notification system to deliver important information about the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response to Massachusetts residents.

ALERTSMA will send real-time text notifications to your mobile device. The new messaging tool called “AlertsMA” will allow residents to subscribe to real-time notifications by texting the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777. After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident’s cell phone or other mobile device.