COVID-19 Resources & Updates

In order to assist you in your emergency preparedness efforts, we have compiled some useful information. We will continue to update this information as necessary and appropriate, particularly in light of any new legislative, judicial, or administrative agency action(s).

Latest News and Alerts

11/16/2020 – Important Update on Time Frame for Action on Land Use Applications
11/12/2020 – Governor Signs New Executive Orders Relative to COVID-19 (Updated 11/12/20)
8/7/2020 – Governor Baker Issues Updated Gatherings Order, Effective Tuesday August 11, 2020
7/31/2020 – Implementation of Governor Baker’s Post-Travel Quarantine Order, effective August 1, 2020
6/1/2020 – Governor’s Order on Outdoor Dining
ABCC Advisory LLA and Outdoor Seating
ABCC Patio Guidelines
5/18/2020 – Executive Order – COVID-19 Order No. 33 (Re: Phased Reopening Plan)
5/18/2020 – Beaches Guidance for Managers
5/11/2020 – Remote Fulfillment and Additional Guidance for Dealerships and Golf Courses

Elections

3/30/2020 – Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020
3/19/2020 – Postponement of Local Elections
3/13/2020 – Postponing Town Elections 
3/13/2020 – Sample Letter to Governor Re: Special Act to Postpone Elections
3/13/2020 – Sample Special Legislation to Postpone Election (Single Municipality)
3/13/2020 – Sample Special Legislation to Postpone Election (All Municipalities)

General Municipal/Other

6/6/2020 – Latest Municipal Relief Legislation
H4777
5/11/2020 – Remote Fulfillment and Additional Guidance for Dealerships and Golf Courses
4/28/2020 – Electronic Signatures and Virtual Notarization
4/22/2020 –Legislature Passes Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium
Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020
4/3/2020 – Municipal Relief Legislation Passed by State Legislature
4/3/2020 – An Act to Address Challenges by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19
3/23/2020 – Revised Guidance Regarding The Order By The Governor Prohibiting Assemblages Of More Than 10 People And On-premises Consumption Of Food And Beverages
3/23/2020 – COVID-19 Essential Services
3/23/2020 – COVID-19 Executive Order
3/16/2020 – Sample Declaration of Emergency
3/16/2020 – Recent State Level Responses to COVID-19
3/11/2020 – Considerations for Municipalities and Government Entities Implicated by Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Emergency Powers of Municipalities (Updated 2020)
3/3/2020 – Coronavirus Legal Resources for Public Entities

Labor and Employment

7/31/2020 – Implementation of Governor Baker’s Post-Travel Quarantine Order, effective August 1, 2020
3/21/2020 – COVID-19 Employment and Labor Law

Land Use/Permitting

11/16/2020 – Important Update on Time Frame for Action on Land Use Applications4/3/2020 – Land Use Permitting Deadline Extensions
4/3/2020 – Updated: Land Use Permitting FAQ

Open Meeting Law/Public Records Law

3/21/2020 – COVID-19 Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law Implications
3/16/2020 – Implementation of Governor’s Order on Open Meeting Law
3/13/2020 – Governor Baker Issues Order Temporarily Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law
3/12/2020 – Signed Open Meeting Law Order

Public Health and Safety

3/11/2020 – Guidance for Boards of Health Re: COVID-19

Schools

4/22/2020 – Governor Extends School and Day Care Closure Orders
COVID-19 Order No. 27 (Child Care Programs)
COVID-19 Order No. 28 (Temporary School Closure)
4/15/2020 – Chapter 56 of the Acts of 2020 (Additional Municipal Relief Legislation)

Town Meetings

5/5/2020 – Senate Bill 2680 – Implications for Town Meetings and More
5/5/2020 – S2680
4/3/2020 – Updated: Process for Continuing Town Meeting (Updated 2020)