On the heels of Governor Charlie Baker’s announcement that Massachusetts’ state of emergency will end on June 15, State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) is calling for immediate action to be taken on legislation she filed to assist local restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter dated May 17 to Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) and House Speaker Ron Mariano (D-Quincy), DiZoglio calls for two bills she has filed to be advanced through the legislative process: S. 196, which expands beverage take-out and delivery options for restaurants, and SD. 2556, which extends third-party delivery cost containment for restaurants.
Measures around take-out and delivery and third-party delivery cost containment were implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – and are set to expire following the end of the state of emergency. While DiZoglio has filed these measures as amendments to the FY22 Senate Budget, the final state budget will not be signed into law until well after the end of the state of emergency.
“These measures were critical to helping our small businesses remain afloat in the face of the pandemic – and remain just as essential to them now, on the road to recovery,” said DiZoglio. “It is imperative we get this legislation across the finish line as soon as possible and ensure our local restaurants do not lose access to these crucial, revenue-generating opportunities that can make all the difference regarding their survival.”
DiZoglio is sending her letter to fellow state legislators for consideration and urges concerned residents to contact their legislators and ask them to sign on.