BOSTON — The state is ramping up efforts to track down people who may be at risk for contracting COVID-19 because they came into contact with an infected person.

BOSTON -- Restaurants will be allowed to sell take-out beer and wine, residents won't have municipal services shutoff for not being able to pay bills, and communities will be allowed to postpone town meetings under a relief package signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

As Gov. Charlie Baker's administration works to supply medical professionals with protective gear and prepare for the coming surge of coronavirus infection, the Legislature on Thursday set about putting in place new housing protections for tenants and homeowners, expanding unemployment insur…

BOSTON -- Thousands more Massachusetts workers joined the unemployment ranks in the past week, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to shut down wide swaths of the economy.

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BOSTON — Marijuana advocates are asking the state to reopen recreational pot shops, arguing that prolonged closures will decimate the new industry and are unfair.

A Massachusetts art museum laid off almost three-quarters of its staff. Another expects to face a budget deficit in the tens of millions of dollars. Leisure destinations that rely on warm-season surges are worried they may not begin to feel recovery until 2021.

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With direct cash aid to many Americans and expanded unemployment benefits set to start flowing as soon as next week, members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation said Wednesday they are already planning the next round of federal relief.

BOSTON — Pressure is growing on Gov. Charlie Baker to shut down nonemergency construction statewide to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

Gun shops and shooting ranges will not be allowed to open under Gov. Charlie Baker’s latest order to keep all nonessential businesses closed through May 4, but for a brief period on Tuesday, the gun industry thought things might be different.

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BOSTON – A veteran who lived at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home has died after becoming infected with the coronavirus, and at least one more resident and at least two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, state officials said Wednesday morning.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is extending a shutdown of nonessential businesses and a stay-at-home advisory until May 4 as the state braces for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases.

BOSTON — Police, firefighters, nurses and other first responders shouldn’t have to dip into their work benefits if they get COVID-19 or come into contact with the coronavirus, according to some lawmakers who want more protections for those on the front lines of the pandemic.

BOSTON — State education officials aren’t planning to extend the school year into the summer months to make up days lost to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they won’t stop districts from going longer.

BOSTON – Lawmakers in the House and Senate continued negotiating details of a House bill passed last week that would give communities more flexibility in completing town meeting business and finalizing a budget during a declared state of emergency.

BOSTON – The state-run Holyoke Soldiers' Home is under the control of a new leader and a clinical command team as an outbreak of the coronavirus strikes and the facility deals with the deaths of 11 residents.

BOSTON — Frustrated with a critical shortage of manpower and equipment to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is soliciting donations of masks, gloves and other protective equipment and putting out a call for volunteers to work on the front lines of the public health crisis.

BOSTON – Research conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst in conjunction with New England Baptist Hospital has shown that the medical face masks hospitals and health care workers rely on as they fight the coronavirus remain effective and safe for use after being sterilized.

BOSTON -- The Trump administration has approved a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts, unlocking crucial federal funding needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as it spreads across the state.

BOSTON — Hair stylists, taxi drivers, food service workers and tens of thousands of other self-employed people are out of work as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and don’t have a safety net because they are ineligible for unemployment benefits.

Gov. Charlie Baker made an appeal Saturday for Massachusetts residents to donate blood, calling it a way to save lives as the state strives to prevent its health care system from becoming overwhelmed by the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

BOSTON — Nurse practitioners may soon be cleared to see patients without a doctor’s supervision as the state maneuvers to fill a shortage of medical personnel dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan and the chancellors of the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell UMass campuses announced Friday they will adjust room, board and parking fees in response to the coronavirus-driven closures of residence halls and the transition to online-onl…

BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers will have another three months to file state income tax returns as the state takes additional steps to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts to get more federal assistance to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.

BOSTON — More than 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week as the coronavirus shut down huge swaths of the nation’s economy, a historic number of jobless claims that will push many states, including Massachusetts, to the brink financially.

BOSTON – Construction projects statewide will be brought to a temporary halt Friday while contractors review site-specific issues, develop mitigation strategies and communicate to workers about new state guidelines for construction work during the coronavirus pandemic.

BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts to get more federal assistance to help with the the COVID-19 outbreak.

BOSTON — From wills and trusts to home sales and loan refinancing, few legal transactions don’t require a notary public to witness the document signing.

BOSTON — As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to rise, Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the closure of the state’s public and private schools and non-emergency day care centers for another four weeks.

Restaurants would be able to sell beer and wine with to-go orders, requirements around MCAS tests could be changed, and municipal governments could give residents more time to pay their taxes under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker filed Tuesday to create flexibility in local responses to the corona…

BOSTON – Green Line B Branch riders who have complained about the number of stops on Boston University’s campus can celebrate: the line will have two fewer stops by fall 2021.

BOSTON (AP) — Two organizations that have been providing an outdoor respite for Massachusetts residents feeling cooped up because of the coronavirus pandemic are closing their doors to visitors on Tuesday.

Grounded planes, shuttered restaurants and stores, and empty arenas, college campuses and office buildings are symbols these days of an economy in fast decline. The question that no one can answer with certainty is how far will the fall be and when will it end.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering all "nonessential businesses" to close for two weeks and advising people to stay home as the state ramps up its efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

WORCESTER (AP) — Two people have been charged in connection with a shooting tat led to a SWAT team response in Massachusetts, police said.

The MBTA has cut back on service due to dramatically shrinking ridership, but agency officials hope to maintain current levels as long as possible as an option for workers who are crucial to fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

HAVERHILL — Police have been ordered to keep watch over the city’s parks and other public gathering places now that Gov. Charlie Baker has enacted a stay-at-home advisory to combat the spread of coronavirus, Mayor James Fiorentini said Monday.

SALEM — Even as prosecutors in the state's two largest counties are backing the release of an unknown number of inmates, and the Essex district attorney is considering requests on a case-by-case basis, there are still few firm plans in place for supervising and supporting those individuals w…


BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials reported three new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the state's total to five.

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