Med-Ed and Columbia Gas have announced they will not shut off service for customers with past-due bills during the coronavirus crisis.

“We understand that customers may be facing concerns and hardships due to steps underway to help limit the spread of #COVID19,” Met-Ed said in a Facebook post Friday. "Effective immediately, service shutoffs for past-due customers are discontinued."

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The decision also will limit in-person interactions between company employees and the public.

“We will monitor the situation and adjust our policy as circumstances develop,” the company said.

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Customers facing hardships should call 1-800-545-7741 to speak with a Met-Ed representative.

Columbia Gas said in a news release it is offering a flexible payment plan to customers experiencing a hardship during COVID-19 by suspending late payment charges until May 1.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8. 

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