Coronavirus Updates

I know that many of you are growing increasingly concerned about the impact the coronavirus is having on our district and the Commonwealth. I share your concerns and I am working hard to address them.

To keep you as informed as possible, I’ve created a “Coronavirus Updates” page on my website that I will keep updated with the latest information. Please feel free to bookmark it and check it often for the latest updates and guidance.

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Legislature Passes Bill to Provide Relief and Improve Access to Unemployment Benefits

(BOSTON – 05/26/2020) The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a bill that will provide additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) relief to low-income families, non-profit institutions and employers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation was signed into law by the Governor on May 27, 2020.

“This bi-partisan legislation builds on our continued dedication to helping our workers and employers as they face financial hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington).“This bill will provide much-needed economic relief to residents across the Commonwealth who have lost their jobs in the wake of the pandemic.”

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Reopening Massachusetts Email Update (5/18/20)

Today, the Governor announced Reopening Massachusetts, the Commonwealth’s gradual and phased approach for reopening the Massachusetts economy amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Administration released the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities, while continuing to fight COVID-19. Starting today – based on current public health data and trends – Massachusetts will begin Phase 1 of a cautious reopening, and workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance.

Learn more in my latest email update

Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing Short-Term Borrowing During Historic Remote Session

(BOSTON – 05/18/2020) The Massachusetts State Senate convened on Thursday, May 14 for the first-ever remote session in the history of the body to pass legislation to allow short-term borrowing to meet the Commonwealth’s financial obligations. The bill was later signed into law by the Governor on May 15, 2020. 

“The passage of this bi-partisan legislation will allow us to continue to meet the fiscal challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Cindy F. Friedman, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I’d like to thank Senate President Spilka, Senate Ways and Means Chair Rodrigues, Senate Minority Leader Tarr, and all of my Senate colleagues for making this happen and for collaborating on today’s first-ever remote legislative session.”

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Senate Passes Bill to Collect Vital Public Health Data, Establish COVID-19 Diversity Task Force

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Massachusetts State Senate passed bipartisan legislation to promote equity and transparency as the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“As we continue to address the COVID-19 crisis, we must be as transparent, accountable and thoughtful as possible when it comes to data collection,” said Senator Cindy F. Friedman, a member of the COVID-19 Senate Working Group. “This bipartisan bill will give us the tools we need to ensure that we can address inequities in our delivery of healthcare so that members of vulnerable and underserved populations across the Commonwealth have equal access to that care.” 

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OPINION: Friedman writes, actions taken by the state providing positive results

The COVID-19 public health crisis has placed an unprecedented strain on Massachusetts residents, businesses, our healthcare system and our economy. We’ve made extraordinary sacrifices as the state took swift science-driven measures to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. 

Massachusetts acted fast and early, implementing a stay-at-home advisory, social distancing guidelines and closure of non-essential businesses. Simultaneously, the state dramatically expanded testing and hospital capacity, allowing us to test 10,000 plus residents per day and increasing intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity by 80%.

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COVID-19 Email Update (5/7/20)

It finally feels like spring has sprung! I hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy the weather – at a 6-foot distance from others, of course. As we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to provide you with an update. Click on the link below to view my latest email update, which includes information on the new face covering Executive Order, the new COVID-19 Constituent Resource Guide, recent legislative action to address the virus, Mental Health Awareness Month, and more!

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Senate Passes Bill to Enhance Access to Safety Net Resources for Most Vulnerable Residents

(BOSTON – 04/29/2020) Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) supported legislation recently passed by the Senate that makes it easier for residents who have lost incomes due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to access critical safety net programs. 

“During this challenging time, we need to do everything we can to support the most vulnerable residents in our district and throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Friedman, a member of the COVID-19 Senate Working Group. “I’m grateful for the Senate President and fellow members of the Senate Working Group for advancing this legislation, which will ensure that at-risk populations are not denied the resources they need and deserve.” 

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COVID-19 Email Update (4/22/20)

I hope you are doing well and staying healthy! I wanted to provide you with an update on the state’s response to COVID-19. Click on the link below to view my latest email update, which includes information on legislation recently passed by the Senate and House, the state’s new COVID-19 data dashboard, unemployment assistance, job opportunities, health insurance information, and more!

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