California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to extend local governments’ ability to halt evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously, on Aug. 31, Newsom signed a bill prohibiting the eviction of tenants unable to pay rent due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic until Feb. 1, 2021. The new executive order authorizes local governments throughout California to extend prohibitions on evictions through March 31, 2021, according to a press release from Newsom’s office.
The executive order also enables the California Department of Managed Health Care to gather information in order to measure the way the pandemic is affecting health care providers and services, the press release states.
Additionally, the order allows local health officers and other public health officials to participate in the state’s address confidentiality program for their protection and extends provisions allowing for electronic fulfillment of some California Environmental Quality Act requirements.