BOSTON (CBS) — A bill set to be debated Thursday in the Massachusetts would extend some pandemic emergency policies beyond June 15, which is when the state of emergency will expire. The State House News Service reports extensions for early voting by mail, remote-only public meetings, takeout cocktails and eviction protections are on the table.
Cocktails-to-go would be allowed through March 1, 2022 under the bill. Early voting by mail could take place for any local and state elections until Dec. 15, 2021. Remote meetings could continue until April 1, 2022, which is when eviction protections would also expire.READ MORE: Police Officer Rushes Into Burning Somerville Home, Alerting Residents To Fire
The bill has been endorsed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.READ MORE: Teenagers Arrested After Fight At South Boston Beach Amid Concerns Over Liquor Deliveries
Last month, the Senate declined to add budget amendments that would have extended pandemic-era help, including takeout cocktails and a cap on fees charged to restaurants by delivery apps.MORE NEWS: Final Farewell For Slain Braintree Police K-9 Kitt Set For Tuesday At Gillette Stadium
Takeout and delivery orders helped some restaurants survive the pandemic.