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Massachusetts: Updates, Emergency Orders, and Guidance:

ESSENTIAL SERVICES: 

On March 23, Governor Baker issued an emergency order ordering nonessential businesses and organizations to close their physical workspaces and facilities to customers, workers and the public. PRESS RELEASE | ORDER | ESSENTIAL SERVICES LIST | ASSEMBLAGE GUIDANCE

EARLY EDUCATION: 

On March 18, Governor Baker issued an emergency order temporarily closing all child care programs and authorizing the temporary creation and operation of emergency child care programs. ORDER | PRESS RELEASE | FAQ

LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH & EMS: 

On March 18, the Department of Public Health issued an order regarding the sharing of critical information with first responders: ORDER

PHARMACISTS & OPIOID MISUSE DISORDER MEDICATION: 

On March 18, the Department of Public Health issued an order regarding the administration of certain medications for the treatment of opioid misuse disorder: ORDER

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: 

On March 18, the Department of Public Health issued an order regarding the flexible reassignment of Physicians Assistants: ORDER

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS' REGISTRATION: 

On March 17, Governor Baker issued an order extending the registration of certain health care professionals' licenses. ORDER

ACCESS TO PHYSICIANS' SERVICES: 

On March 17, Governor Baker issued an order expanding access to physicians' services. ORDER

EMS CARE: 

On March 17, the Department of Public Health issued an order relative to Emergency Medical Services Care: ORDER

EMERGENCY CREDENTIALING: 

On March 17, the Department of Public Health issued an order implementing emergency credentialing and licensed staff transfer procedures for medical facilities in the Commonwealth: ORDER

GATHERINGS & RESTAURANTS: 

On March 15, Governor Baker issued an emergency order limiting gatherings to 25 individuals and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, beginning on March 17 and effective until April 6. PRESS RELEASE | ORDER | GUIDANCE

ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL OPERATIONS SUSPENDED: 

On March 15, Governor Baker ordered a 3-week suspension of school operations for educational purposes at all public and private elementary and secondary (K-12) schools in the Commonwealth (not including residential and day schools for special needs students), beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continuing until Monday, April 6. PRESS RELEASE | ORDER

HOSPITAL VISITOR RESTRICTIONS: 

On March 15, the Department of Public Health issued hospital visitor restrictions. ORDER | GUIDANCE

 

ASSISTED LIVING VISITOR RESTRICTIONS:

On March 15, the Department of Public Health issued visitor restrictions for assisted living facilities. ORDER | GUIDANCE

PHARMACY HAND SANITIZER ORDER:

On March 15, the Department of Public Health issued an order permitting licensed pharmacies to create and sell hand sanitizer over the counter. ORDER | GUIDANCE

ELECTIVE PROCEDURES:

On March 15, the Department of Public Health issued an order mandating that hospitals must cancel non-essential elective procedures. ORDER | GUIDANCE

RMV RENEWAL TIMELINE:

The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will extend the renewal timeline of certain credentials to reduce the need for customers to physically visit an RMV service center for in-person transactions. PRESS RELEASE | ORDER

TELEHEALTH:

The Department of Public Health has issued guidance that requires all commercial insurers, self-insured plans, and the Group Insurance Commission are required to cover medically necessary telehealth services related to COVID-19 testing and treatment. Insurers must do this without requiring cost-sharing of any kind – such as co-pays and coinsurance – for testing and treatment. PRESS RELEASE | ORDER

 

OPEN MEETING LAW MODIFICATIONS:

On March 12, Governor Baker issued an emergency order making modifications to the state’s Open Meeting Law to allow state, quasi and local governments to continue to carry out essential functions during the COVID-19 outbreak. PRESS RELEASE | ORDER

NURSING HOME VISITORS RESTRICTED:

On March 12, the Department of Public Health issued an emergency order restricting visitor access to nursing homes and rest homes to protect higher-risk populations from COVID-19. PRESS RELEASE | ORDER | GUIDANCE

NURSING LICENSURE CHANGES:

On March 11, the Board of Registration in Nursing updated its policies to expedite the processing of reciprocal license applications for nurses that are licensed in another jurisdiction to allow those applications to be processed in one business day. POLICY