COVID-19 Evening Updates 4/1/20 + Small Business Guidance

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this finds you well and staying healthy in body, mind and spirit.

Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and with those infected by the virus. The days ahead are going to be difficult. Many of us will lose someone we know or love to this virus. It's important to recognize the collective grief we presently feel, with awareness or not, and will continue to experience as the pandemic evolves in our city and commonwealth. While we must remain physically distant, we can stay in regular contact with those we love and with whom we typically share our days.

Thankfully, federal stimulus dollars are on the way to infuse our state governments and municipalities with funding for critical response services and programs. In the coming days and weeks, once the state receives the guidance it needs from the federal government, we'll start to see more of the federally-funded, state administered resources become available.

During this unprecedented time, please know my office is here to help direct you to accurate information and resources. You can reach me and my office at liz.malia@mahouse.gov or call 617-722-2380.

Thank you for doing your part by continuing to stay home (if you're a non-essential worker) and by practicing strict personal hygiene and physical distancing. I will continue to be in touch with information as I receive it. We are all in this together.

Warmly,

Liz

TOPLINE UPDATES (as of 4/1/20)

Order Extension

On 3/31, the Governor extended his Essential Services Order until 5/4. This means non-essential businesses must remain closed until this date. This includes an extension on the limit on social gatherings over 10. The stay at home advisory issued by Governor Baker last week will remain in effect. The essential services list now provides more clarity around the supply chain and other essential services, adds health care providers like chiropractors and optometrists, and expands types of workers that provide disinfectant and sanitation services. Also, as of 3/31 hotels and motels can only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, and cannot be booked for travel and leisure. For more, see Order and Essential Services FAQs