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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that Wednesday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a federal and Commonwealth of Massachusetts holiday honoring U.S. military veterans, and that most government offices will be closed including the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ service center locations.

In addition, MassDOT is advising travelers to make informed decisions and plans as many annual events have been postponed due to the pandemic, including parades and other gatherings.  Meanwhile, members of the public are reminded there is the need to wear face coverings in Massachusetts if outside, if visiting specific states travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Massachusetts, and restaurants and other establishments, as of Friday, November 6, must stop serving as of 9:30 p.m.

“Our advice to members of the public planning trips around the Veterans Day holiday and for the upcoming holiday season is learn about what to expect before you leave home,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Due to COVID-19, many amenities are closed or have capacity limits, annual events are postponed, and everyone should avoid gathering in large groups. Trips will go much easier if people think ahead, and plan to abide by some of the restrictions which are necessary for everyone’s health and safety due to the pandemic.”

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has information about the virus, including the need to quarantine for 14 days when returning to Massachusetts after visiting specific states on the state’s website: www.mass.gov/coronavirus. In addition, specific travel-related rules can also be found on a website set up when the Governor’s Executive Order pertaining to travel was signed:  www.mass.gov/MAtraveler.

Although it is the Veterans Day holiday on November 11, MassDOT will be deploying the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy for normal weekday hours. However, there is a slight change in afternoon deployment hours on Thursday, November 12, and Friday, November 13. On Thursday, the lane opens from Boston to Quincy at 2 p.m. and on Friday the lane opens at 1 p.m. The lane will be deployed for regular morning hours from Quincy to Boston every day the week of November 9, from 5 a.m. until 10 a.m.

In addition, RMV service centers, which have been open during the pandemic, will be closed on November 11 and will reopen by appointment only on Thursday, November 12. Anyone who is a member of AAA may visit any AAA location by appointment for some Registry transactions and more than 40 Registry transactions can be done online:  www.mass.gov/RMV.

Due to the holiday, MBTA customers may want to check on schedules: www.mbta.com/holidays

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
  • Visit www.mass511.com to view travel times, road construction, traffic alerts or crashes along a route. Incidents, road closures, lane closures, real-time live traffic cameras, and weather alerts/forecasts, can all be viewed on the interactive live Traffic Map.
  • Dial 511 from a landline or cell phone to hear information on current conditions on major roadways.
  • Register for a Mass511 account to create and personalize routes and alerts to be notified of events on those routes ahead of time.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to find out about impacts on traffic flow on major state highways.

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