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SCC utility service cut-off moratorium to end Oct. 5

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The general moratorium on utility shutoffs has been extended through Oct. 5. 

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued the order following a request from Gov. Ralph Northam on Sept. 14, according to a news release from the SCC. 

In granting another extension, the SCC said it will not extend the moratorium beyond Oct. 5.

The SCC urged the Governor and General Assembly to appropriate funds for direct financial assistance to those customers who are unable to pay their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The SCC’s latest extension order means the moratorium will have been in place for more than six months. It was originally imposed on March 16 as an emergency measure to protect customers from the immediate economic impacts of the pandemic.

The end of the SCC-directed moratorium on Oct. 5 does not mean the end of protections for customers in arrears who are making a good-faith effort to pay their bills over a longer time period. Customers who enter such extended payment plans with their utilities will continue to be protected from service cut-offs even after the end of this moratorium.

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