Massachuetts closes schools, restaurants for 3 weeks

Summary

Starting on March 17th, and continuing until April 6th:

  • All elementary and secondary schools are suspended

  • Gatherings are limited to 25 people

  • Restaurants cannot serve food, but can offer take-out and delivery

Additionally:

  • All medical insurances must cover telehealth services

  • Insurers must cover COVID-19 treatment and testing without co-pays or coinsurance

  • Assisted living residences are to ban visitors

  • Hospitals must screen visitors

  • Hospitals must cancel non-essential elective procedures

  • The RMV is extending expiration dates for licenses that would expire between March 1st, 2020 and April 30th, 2020

Unemployment Pay for COVID-19

The Department of Unemployment Assistance has released additional information about collecting unemployment for workers affected by COVID-19.

EOLWD and DUA also filed emergency regulations that allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment benefits if their workplace is shut down and expects to reopen. This applies to all employees (full and part time) who are impacted by such shutdowns. Claimants are urged to file unemployment claims online.

The following conditions apply to temporary shutdowns:
- Workers must remain in contact with their employers during the shutdown.
- Workers must be available for any work their employer may have for them that they are able to do.
- An employer may request to extend the period of the covered shutdown to 8 weeks, and workers will remain eligible for the longer period under the same conditions described above.
- If necessary, DUA may extend these time periods for workers and employers.

Employers who have been paying into the system for themselves (are receiving a W-2) are able to apply as well.