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COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Municipal Officials

This page provides city and town officials with municipal finance guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resources below provide guidance for city and town officials on the municipal finance and governance aspects of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19.) The Division of Local Services will update the list as new resources become available.

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DLS Services

  • DLS staff are working remotely and can be contacted by email. Click here to find staff email addresses using the DLS Staff Directory
  • Telephone services have been suspended, including our DLSLaw Attorney Hotline.
  • The DLSLaw email account can be used for requesting municipal law guidance: DLSLAW@dor.state.ma.us
  • For municipal finance guidance, contact your community's Bureau of Accounts advisor.
  • We urge all municipal officials not already receiving DLS notifications to use this page to sign up for DLS Alerts. DLS issues important information (Alerts, Bulletins, IGRs and more) using this email distribution list. 
  • For information on personal or corporate income tax, or child support, visit the Department of Revenue's COVID-19 page

 

Emergency Expenditures and Fiscal Resources

This section provides guidance on emergency expenditures related to COVID-19.

For emergency spending authorization, please send an email to the Director of Accounts at COVID19DLS@dor.state.ma.us and we will respond as soon as possible.

For guidance on Chapter 30B procurement matters, contact the Office of the Inspector General's 30B Assistance Hotline, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 617-722-8838 or 30BHotline@massmail.state.ma.us

Bulletin 2020-7 Accounting for COVID-19 Emergency Expenditures and for Reimbursements and Monies Received by Cities and Towns from CARES ACT Coronavirus Relief Funds and from FEMA (6/3/20)

Additional Resources

Legislation and Emergency Actions

Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021: An Act Relative to Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures Adopted During the State of Emergency 6/16/2021

Open Meeting Law Guidance Update from the Office of the Attorney General 6/10/21

Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2021: An Act further providing for voting by mail 3/16/2021

Ch. 92 of the Acts of 2020 - An Act Relative to Municipal Governance During the COVID-19 Emergency...signed by the Governor 6/5/2020 

Bulletin 2020-7 Accounting for COVID-19 Emergency Expenditures and for Reimbursements and Monies Received by Cities and Towns from CARES ACT Coronavirus Relief Funds and from FEMA (6/3/20)

Ch. 56 of the Acts of 2020 - An Act to further address challenges faced by municipalities, school districts and state authorities resulting from COVID-19...signed by the Governor 4/10/2020  |  Section-by-section summary  

Ch. 53 of the Acts of 2020 – An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19 (4/3/20) 

 

American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA)

On March 11, 2021, the President of the United States signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Pub. L. No. 117-2. This law provides resources through the new Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF) to local governments to respond to the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This fund is administered by the US Department of the Treasury (hereafter, “US Treasury” or “Treasury”).

US Treasury CLFRF Resources

CARES Act for Municipal Government

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) includes funds for Massachusetts governments to use to pay costs incurred in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Apply for funding:

Report Expenditures:

Q&A and other resources:

 

MEMA Federal Disaster Declaration Information

Cybersecurity Resources

FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic (3/30/20)

Telework cybersecurity advice for cities and towns (MassCyberCenter 3/19/20)

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) COVID-19 Resource Page

CISA.gov provides resources including guidance on teleworking, defining critical infrastructure and encouraging user vigilance.

COVID-19 Security Resource Library from StaySafeOnline.org (National Cyber Security Alliance)

This library from NCSA features free information on current scams, cyber threats, remote working, disaster relief, and more.

Additional Resources

Date published: March 20, 2020
Last updated: July 12, 2021
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