New CDC Order Halts Evictions in Communities with Substantial or High Levels of Community Transmission

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General has released updated information regarding changes to eviction orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new CDC order temporarily halts residential evictions in certain counties due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the rise of the Delta variant.

The CDC’s new order is scheduled to expire on October 3, 2021, providing some targeted and limited protections that will extend beyond those contained in the Maryland Executive Order limiting residential evictions for non-payment of rent, which is set to expire on August 15, 2021.

A previous order from the CDC preventing evictions expired on July 31, 2021. Because residential evictions can result in homelessness and an increase in shared living spaces, which in turn puts individuals at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, the new CDC order specifically targets counties that currently have a substantial or high level of community transmission.

Although a majority of Maryland counties and Baltimore City currently meet this benchmark, not all do, meaning that the CDC’s order will not apply to all Marylanders facing eviction. And because the applicability of the order is tied to community transmission levels, it is possible that who is covered by the order could change over time.

You can check your county’s current Level of Community Transmission on the CDC website.