— first enacted by former President Donald Trump early in the pandemic and then extended by President Joe Biden — came to an end on July 31 after it was deemed . Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appears to have found a way to authorize another moratorium.
The CDC announced a 60-day eviction moratorium under a different legal authority than previously used, first reported by the Associated Press Tuesday. Under this new order, the eviction moratorium will reportedly be in effect for counties “experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2.” It will expire on Oct. 3.
“This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in the announcement. “It is imperative that public health authorities act quickly to mitigate such an increase of evictions, which could increase the likelihood of new spikes in SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Such mass evictions and the attendant public health consequences would be very difficult to reverse.”
As for what counties will be affected by this order is still unclear.due to the delta variant of the virus.
Trump first announced the eviction moratorium in March 2020. The order was to help those who were out of a job due to the lockdowns put into effect. Its initial expiration date was July 25, 2020, but was then extended multiple times by Trump and then by Biden.