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Governor Baker Issues New Order on COVID-19 Essential Services


Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.

The City of Springfield will adhere to the Governor's order of closing all non-essential businesses and organizations in the city.  These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.

The Order also prohibits the gatherings of more than 10 people.  The City will also adhere to this order and limit gatherings in the city to no more than 10 people.  Previous the city limited gatherings of no more than 25.    

The Governor also issued an Advisory asking people to avoid any non-essential traveling and to stay at home.  The City of Springfield echos the Governor's advisory and is asking all Springfield residents to try and avoid any unnecessary and non-essential travel.  

The Governor has issued an essential services list which includes the following: 

  • Healthcare, public health, human services, pharmacies  
  • Law enforcement, public safety, first responders
  • Food service including grocery stores, convenience stores, famer’s markets, delivery and take-out food service,
  • Energy services such as petroleum, natural gas, and steam workers
  • Utilities and public works such as water, sewer, and trash collection
  • Transportation services
  • Communications and information technology, financial services, and critical manufacturing

Below is the full COVID-19 Essential Services Order from the Governor:

Governor Baker COVID-19 Essential Services Exhbit A

About the Law Department

The Law Department provides advice on legal matters to all city departments, boards, and commissions, including the Mayor, the City Council, and the School Committee. It represents the city and its employees, officers, departments, boards, and commissions. The Law Department approves the form of all contracts issued by the city. It comprises a City Solicitor, who heads the department, three Deputy City Solicitors, twelve full-time Associate City Solicitors, a part-time Assistant City Solicitor, and administrative staff, all of whom who are appointed by the mayor.

The Law Department does not provide legal advice or services for citizens.  Please go to the "Legal Resources" section for a links to Lawyer Referral resources.

Filing a Claim against the City

To file a claim for injury or property damage against the City of Springfield you must print the claim form, completely fill it out and provide supporting information or documents to support your claim. Claim forms should be submitted to the Law Department which will investigate your claim. Claims received after the period for filling has passed will not be processed.

The Law Department represents the City of Springfield, its officers and employees and is therefore unable to provide legal advice to potential claimants.

City of Springfield Claim Form

Page last updated:  Tuesday, March 24, 2020 03:28 pm