Mandatory Masks in Public Places
Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. More info: https://www.mass.gov/news/wear-a-mask-in-public
Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th.
Announces Reopening Advisory Board. https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-extends-non-essential-business-closures-to-may-18th-announces
FULL LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES - https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services
Frontline Workers Resources
An initiative of the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts. https://www.frontlinema.org/
COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative
Collaborative will deploy nearly 1,000 individuals to trace contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases
The Baker-Polito Administration announced the creation of the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. This initiative is a collaboration between the administration and Partners In Health, and is the first of its kind in the nation.
The initiative will focus on tracing the contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients, and supporting individuals in quarantine, and builds on the efforts already underway from the Command Center to leverage public health college students to augment the contact tracing being done by local boards of health.Led by the administration's COVID-19 Response Command Center, Partners In Health will coordinate closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Contact tracing will be combined with the state's efforts to increase testing and will provide support to people in quarantine in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus."Enhanced contact tracing capability is another powerful tool for public health officials and health care providers in the battle against COVID-19,"said Governor Charlie Baker."Massachusetts is the only state in the nation implementing this type of programming, and this collaborative tracing initiative will break new ground as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19."
Partners In Health will provide staff and contribute technical expertise in community tracing. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (CCA) will stand up a virtual support center and maintain connectivity, while the Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH) will maintain data, guides and processes. Accenture, a leading global professional services company, and Salesforce, a globalleader in CRM, are implementing support center capabilities for the CTC's tracing purposes."This is a key effort in the Commonwealth's work to slow the spread of the virus by adding capacity to reach individuals who have come in close contact with individuals are confirmed positive for COVID-19,"said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders."I encourage residents to cooperate with the operation so that we can further slow the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts."The Collaborative will deploy nearly 1,000 contact tracers throughout the state to connect with COVID-19 patients and their contacts to support Massachusetts' efforts to track and contain the virus.
Contact tracing through the CTC will support the Baker-Polito Administration's ongoing efforts to expand bed capacity, increase personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies and provide resources for health care providers and patients.
For more information on COVID-19, visit www.Mass.gov/covid19. Get notifications to your phone or mobile device by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.
Massachusetts town-by-town coronavirus numbers
For the first time, Mass. officials release town-by-town coronavirus numbers. The state has previously only released the COVID-19 data by county.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announces the launch of 2-1-1 to provide COVID-19 information and referrals 24/7. Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website.
COVID-19 Text Notification System
Massachusetts has launched a new messaging tool called "AlertsMA" which 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. The AlertsMA notifications can be used to share news, prevention information, and help connect residents to information that they are looking for through other public information channels, such as the state's Information line, 2-1-1, and website searches on www.Mass.Gov.
Massachusetts RMV - Inspection Dates
In an effort to help you and your customers maintain proper social distancing, as of March 20, the annual motor vehicle safety and emissions inspection expiration dates are being extended as follows:
All non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on March 31, 2020(designated by a number 3 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by May 31, 2020.
All non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on April 30, 2020 (designated by a number 4 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by June 30, 2020.
Non-commercial vehicles that are issued a failed inspection sticker (indicated by a sticker with a red or black letter ‘R’) that is due to expire in the month of March, 2020, must be re-inspected by May 31, and non-commercial vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to expire in the month of April, 2020, must be re-inspected by June 30. Additionally, the one free re-test for these vehicles is also extended to May 31 or June 30 provided the re-test is performed at the same inspection station that performed the initial inspection.
- Regardless of the date of inspection, vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to a safety defect (indicated by a sticker with a red letter ‘R’) shall not be operated until appropriate repairs have been completed.
- All motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30.
- The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected, which is typically within 7 days of the date of registration.
- Any newly-registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must be inspected by May 31.
- Any newly-registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between April 1, 2020 and April 31, 2020 must be inspected by June 30.