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Essential Businesses & Utility Company no Shut-Off Orders

Aside from supermarkets and drug stores, a lot of confusion persists over exactly what business are allowed to operate in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 period. To allay this confusion, here is a list of Massachusetts Businesses Deemed “Essential Businesses” During COVID-19:

Further, the Baker-Polito Administration has taken steps to temporarily prohibit Massachusetts utility shutoffs to protect customers During the COVID-19 suspension. Governor Baker’s Office has directed the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to prohibit investor-owned utility companies from shutting off gas, electric, and water utility service to any customers for failure to pay any portion of a bill until the current State of Emergency is lifted or the DPU issues other directives.

That action builds upon the DPU’s earlier, March 13 moratorium which requested that utility companies refrain from shutting off gas and electric service to residents across the Commonwealth during this emergency. The new order expanded the DPU’s March 13 “request” that utility companies refrain from shutoffs, and expanded the moratorium to include all utility customers, whether residential, commercial or small businesses, during this State of Emergency.

The Governor’s Order also prohibits investor-owned utility companies from sending customers any communications that threaten to shut off gas, electric, due to failure to pay any amount of a bill that companies have issued customers. Penalties of up to $1 million per violation can be assessed against utility companies that violate that order.

If you feel that a utility company is seeking immediate payment of electric. Gas, water or sewer charges during the COVID-19 outbreak, call our office. We’d be glad to speak with you, without any charge.

Client Reviews
When I was arrested for DUI, I was absolutely terrified. Had it not been for you, I might have been convicted of something I was not at all guilty of. My work life, my family life, my reputation, all could have been destroyed. You stood by me like the legal version of a bodyguard - and because of you, I was found not guilty. G.M.
When we got the call that our son had been arrested and charged with rape, we almost fainted. We know our son. He is not violent; he has never abused anyone, let alone another girl… If not for you and your "take no prisoners" attitude, our son might have been convicted of a crime that would have sent him to state prison. As far as we're concerned, our son owes you his life, and we owe you the world. We will never forget you. A.H. and P.H.
I hired Mr. William D. Kickham for a very important legal issue and I was extremely satisfied by the results. His in depth knowledge about the matter and his intelligent thinking was extremely beneficial. He is really an expert. He was also very supportive and sensitive towards my concerns. It was great to have a lawyer of his capacity. Thanks William for all the Help. N.G.
Atty. Kickham defended me on a charge of raping my girlfriend, who made up the whole story out of revenge because I was interested in someone else. If it weren’t for Attorney Kickham proving me innocent, God knows what might have happened to me. Z.B.
Mr. Kickham represented me on a trumped-up charge of domestic violence. The prosecutor and police wouldn’t back down, even after my spouse told them it was all untrue. They insisted on taking me to trial, and Mr. Kickham never wavered. He was my legal bodyguard, and I was found not guilty. M.B.
Of the many talents Atty. Kickham has, two are these: 1) He is ten times as persuasive as the best lawyer you’ve seen in the movies; and 2) Nothing - but nothing - gets by him. The police arrested me on completely false drug charges, and after a heated courtroom battle, Atty. Kickham won the day. Trust me, it was no surprise. D.C.
Because I mildly disciplined my child for throwing a tantrum, I was actually charged with child abuse. It was horrifying. Atty. Kickham fought for me tooth and nail, until I was declared not guilty. One hell of a lawyer. D.D.
I complimented a co-worker on her looks and patted her on the back as I did so. Two hours later, the police showed up and accused me of indecent assault & battery. From the day I hired him, Atty. Kickham fought the DA’s office until the charges were dropped. If not for him, my life would have been ruined. A.K.