People line up outside of the Social Security Administration office in San Francisco, California.
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.
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