Left: Business owner Amy Witt talks with store customer while wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Right: Unknown Healthcare worker posses for a photography exhibition
(Photos by LM Otero and James Ross – AP Images)
Wednesday night, seemingly unceremoniously, Gavin Newsom passed a significant executive order that would finally put commercial eviction protections on pace with residential ones.
Originally expiring July 28th, and then September 30th, the new deadline now extends commercial evictions in California until March 31, 2021. According to the order, this would allow the state time to properly access the impact that COVID-19 has had on our economy. This comes as a huge relief to many local businesses who are treading financial water to prevent closing their doors, potentially forever.
Shortly after the order was signed, San Francisco Mayor London Breed took to twitter to thank the Governor for taking state-wide action against evictions during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
“Thank you Gavin Newsom for this executive order allowing us to extend our local commercial eviction moratorium through March 2021,” Breed said. “Losing these protections would have been devastating for struggling small businesses.”
The order also stated that it would extend the Safe at Home confidential-address program to all frontline healthcare workers and other public health officials. Now available to workers combating COVID-19 is a program that is designed to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse, and reproductive health care workers. The program seeks to do this by issuing a substitute mailing address that routes their mail through the government agency as to conceal the actual address of the person. This action marks the unfortunate signpost that treating COVID-19 is now as culturally controversial in the medical field as working at abortion clinics.
President Trump has long been on record to question masks, healthcare workers, and downplay COVID-19, effectively politicizing medical practices and creating this cultural controversy. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States foremost expert in virology, reported having to hire security for himself and his family as anti-maskers, fueled by Trump’s fervor, have issued a slew of death threats.
Newsom’s new order would allow a system that is dedicated to “keeping the residence address confidential and out of the hands of someone who might want to harm the victim” to open it’s doors to those on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus.