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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 current state of emergency.

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.

City and town officials may contact DLS for urgently needed guidance related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency by using our special email account: 

This page was last updated 1/11/2021 at 2:30 PM

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DLS Services

  • Most 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 temporarily suspended, including our DLSLaw Attorney Hotline.
  • The DLSLaw email account can be used for municipal law guidance not related to COVID-19;
  • Urgent municipal finance and regulatory questions related to COVID-19 can be emailed to
  • 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

Municipal officials are encouraged to read DLS's guide, Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19 on a Local Government’s Financial Health. This guide is designed to help local officials navigate through some of the municipal finance concerns that have arisen during the current crisis.

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 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

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

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Targeted Measures To Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations 11/2/2020

All orders and advisories will be effective Friday, November 6th at 12:01 AM.

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)

Download the Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen Massachusetts (5/18/20)

Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board (4/28/20)

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) 

Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures and Executive Branch Employee Guidance and Updates Non-Essential Business Categories (3/31/20)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Response (3/28/20) 

An Act Granting Authority to Postpone 2020 Municipal Elections... signed by the Governor 3/23/2020

Baker-Polito Administration Announcement of Emergency Actions 3/15/20

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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:

Please note that the deadline for communities to submit applications for Round 2 FY20 Coronavirus Relief Funds was Friday, October 30th.


Public Health and Safety

Information related to municipal public health and safety departments.

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Open Meetings

Information on general governance and changes to open meeting laws.

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

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

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

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Guidance From Other Agencies

Information and guidance from other Commonwealth agencies and organizations that may be helpful to cities and towns.

Additional Resources

Date published: March 20, 2020
Last updated: January 11, 2021