Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation Wednesday extending a provision of the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law that allows remote participation in public meetings.

The extension was announced by the state Division of Local Services Wednesday afternoon.

The bill will allow all government boards and committees to continue meeting remotely until next spring.

The legislation was expected to pass earlier this week but stalled on Beacon Hill, prompting a flurry of meeting cancellations around the Island.

Signed by Governor Baker Wednesday morning, the legislation allows public bodies to convene remotely through April 1, 2022 and extends the ability to reduce quorum at any town meetings through Dec. 15, 2021.

The bill also extends local authorization for outdoor dining service through next April and allows the continued sale of beer, wine and mixed drinks for off-premises consumption through May.

Remote meetings held between the expiration of the state of emergency Tuesday and the signing of the bill Wednesday have been retroactively ratified by the passage of the bill.

In Edgartown, town administrator James Hagerty said most boards and committees plan to continue meeting remotely. He said there were no plans to reschedule meetings previously canceled this week.

On Tuesday town administrators on the Island scrambled to reconfigure meetings after the state of emergency put in place by Gov. Charlie Baker ended Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. — and along with it the provision of the open meeting law enacted last March which allowed public bodies to convene remotely.

In the interim, according to open meeting law, all meetings scheduled after the state of emergency had to be held in person.

The stalled extension prompted boards and committees across the Island to cancel or reschedule remote meetings slated for this week.

“Everything turned into a bit of a circus,” Mr. Hagerty told the Gazette Tuesday.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission canceled its final LUPC hearing on the regional high school filed project, while the Chilmark and Oak Bluffs select boards and the up-Island school committee have all canceled their meetings.

The Aquinnah select board held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon via Zoom. Select board members and town administrator Jeffrey Madison appeared to be participating together and in person.

Noah Asimow contributed reporting.