State COVID Emergency Declaration Ends June 15

The state’s COVID-19 emergency declaration is set to end on June 15. The Legislature is working on extending some pandemic-era policies beyond the state of emergency that would otherwise expire without legislative action. The State Senate is expected to take up legislation on June 10 with the Massachusetts House taking up legislation soon after.

The State Senate has indicated that it will work to extend emergency flexibilities for town meetings, including around quorum thresholds and remote participation in representative town meetings.

For renter protections for those impacted by COVID, laws set to expire on June 15 include the delay to eviction cases if there is a pending application by the tenant for emergency rental assistance. Requirements for landlords to provide notice of available emergency rental resources when beginning the eviction process would also expire with the end of the emergency declaration.