Social distancing will undoubtedly end up being one of the top words of 2020. We know what we’re supposed to do to slow the spread of coronavirus—flatten the curve by staying home as much as possible and limiting exposure to others. But that’s difficult to do when you’re faced with eviction. And with economic activity grinding to a halt, many people are expected to be unable to pay their rent next month.
Cities like Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento are already pursuing eviction bans. On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom made it easier for other municipalities to follow suit by allowing them broad powers to halt evictions and utility shutoffs.
“There are people who are going to lose income they may have otherwise earned,” said San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston, who introduced an eviction moratorium bill last week. “We want to make sure that if they’re losing income in that situation, they’re not losing housing as well.”