DORAL, FL – For the fourth time since the coronavirus pandemic hit Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis extends moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for non-payment until 12:01 a.m. on September 1.
The current moratorium was set to expire on August 1st amid fears that the end of federal unemployment assistance together with the expiration of the evictions freeze would force out many Floridians from their homes this weekend, as reported by CBS Miami.
But now with an executive order signed in place, Florida residents will have a month to make arrangements and pay pending housing bills.
The first moratorium on evictions and foreclosures was implemented in April when the coronavirus pandemic started to leave many people without a job or with no source of income in the midst of a shutdown and closures that forced many businesses to let go of their employees or reduce their operations.
Then, in the following months the pandemic continued growing in numbers in Florida forcing Governor DeSantis to sign other two executive orders to prevent evictions and foreclosures, because people continued massively filling for unemployment assistance and emergency aids.
According to the Miami Herald, on Wednesday, July 29, Florida’s Department of Health confirmed 9,446 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 451,423 confirmed cases and 6,333 deaths.
With this scenario, local leaders in every county and municipality have continued taking decisiones and adopting safety restrictions to better respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
In Miami-Dade, for instance, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced on July 29 that schools will begin with only distance learning instruction and the first day of school was delayed for August 31.