CNBC: Social Security offices close due to coronavirus. Here’s what that means for you.
- Starting Tuesday, March 17, local Social Security offices will be closed to the public due to the coronavirus.
- The government agency made the move to protect people, particularly vulnerable elderly and disabled beneficiaries, from the virus.
- Services are still available online and over the phone, though critical services will be given a priority.
The Social Security Administration is closing all of its local offices to the public starting on Tuesday due to coronavirus.
“This decision protects the population we serve – older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions – and our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” the Social Security Administration said in a statement.
Local offices will still be available by phone with a priority on critical services, the agency said. That includes benefit payments for those who did not receive their checks or need them reinstated; cases with severe blindness, disability or terminal illness; and eligibility decisions needed for urgent Medicaid approval.