New CDC Order Temporarily Suspends Evictions Through Oct. 3

As COVID-19 cases—including those connected to the Delta variant—continue to spike, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a new order directing evictions to be suspended through Oct. 3, “in counties with heightened levels of community transmission.”

The CDC said that the order is “intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, which likely would be exacerbated by mass evictions.”

The CDC’s earlier nationwide eviction moratorium expired on July 31. The order had been upheld by a 5-4 decision in the Supreme Court early in July, although one justice voting to uphold it said he agreed with a lower court ruling overturning the moratorium but allowing it to continue since it would expire in a few weeks. The new moratorium—coming after Congress failed to pass a bill authorizing it—is expected to face legal challenges. Read the order.

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