Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #14


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dear friends,

A few quick updates for you about your government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Expansion: Many workers who previously did not qualify for traditional or extended unemployment insurance are now eligible to apply for Massachusetts' PUA program. The system finally opened yesterday. These workers include:

  • Self-employed individuals, including gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors
  • Individuals seeking part-time employment
  • Claimants that have an insufficient work history to qualify for benefits
  • Claimants that have been laid off from churches and religious institutions and are not eligible for benefits under state law

School Closures: Today Governor Baker announced that all Massachusetts public and private schools will remain closed through the end of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, all non-emergency childcare programs will remain closed until June 29, with the exception of those that are serving first responders, grocery store employees, and other essential workers. The Governor had previously ordered schools remain closed until May 4th.

Eviction Moratorium: The Governor signed into law a bill temporarily pausing evictions and certain foreclosures during the coronavirus pandemic, which the House and Senate passed last week. The moratorium will remain in effect for 120 days, or 45 days after the coronavirus state of emergency expires, whichever is sooner.

As always, my team and I are here for you. Call us at 617-722-1555 or email me directly at and one of us will get back to you as quickly as we can. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates.

Wishing you and your families strength, health, and resilience.

Yours in service,

Senator Becca Rausch

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