The Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday extended the eviction moratorium for 60 days, a move that risks being challenged in court and one that President Joe Biden admits may not be constitutional.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky signed an order that determined the ‘evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to public health control measures’ to slow the spread of COVID, the agency announced.
The order expands the eviction moratorium until October 3 and applies to counties ‘experience substantial and high levels’ of COVID transmission.
The order will allow more time ‘to further increase vaccination rates,’ the CDC said, calling it an ‘effective public health measure.’
‘This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads,’ Walensky said. ‘Such mass evictions and the attendant public health consequences would be very difficult to reverse.’
It will cover about 90 per cent of renters in the country, White House officials said.
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Source: By Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter for Dailymail.com