Gov. Baker Signs Bill Into Law Extending Some COVID-Era Policies


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka announced Wednesday morning that Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill into law that extends some pandemic-era policies. This comes a day after the state of emergency ended in the Commonwealth.

Spilka tweeted Wednesday, "Thank you @MassGovernor for signing this bill into law this morning!"

The legislation was sent to Gov. Baker's desk Tuesday night. It includes temporary authorization of to-go cocktails, remote public meetings, eviction protections, and special permits for expanding outdoor dining.

"These temporary provisions have been helpful to businesses, municipalities, health care providers, residents and communities during this extraordinary time. We will continue working together to resolve items in the near-term that were not included in [Tuesday's] Conference report, which deserve further consideration," Spilka, House Speaker Ronald Mariano, Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrgues, and House Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz said in a statement Tuesday night.

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