Utility companies could soon send termination notices to Marylanders who are behind on their bills, as a months-long moratorium on shut-offs comes to an end.
A state prohibition on residential disconnections began in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A moratorium remains in place for water, gas and electric service turn-offs until Nov. 15, but notices can begin going out Oct. 1.
Consumer advocates, state officials and utility companies all have the same message: Reach out now if you need help.
They said people should contact their utilities and apply for assistance as soon as possible.