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Political Roundup 7.1.20

Political Roundup:

  • The governors of New York and New Jersey said that they were so alarmed by a surge in coronavirus cases in the South and West that they were reconsidering plans to allow indoor dining in the two states in the coming days. New York City has been scheduled to enter Phase 3 of its reopening on July 6, which would have allowed restaurants and other establishments to serve patrons indoors if they cut their capacity in half and followed various other restrictions. Indoor dining is already allowed in the rest of the state under the conditions. A decision will be made today. (NYTimes)
  • New York malls will need high quality air systems that can filter out the coronavirus before they will be allowed to reopen. High efficiency particle air filters, or HEPA filters, have been shown to help reduce the presence of Covid-19 in the air. (CNBC)
  • A state bill extending eviction protections for some tenants — but allowing money judgments for nonpayment of rent — was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Tenant Safe Harbor Act prohibits evictions of eligible tenants if any part of the county is still shut down by the government as a result of Covid-19. The bill would extend eviction protection to tenants by allowing them to use Covid-related financial hardship as a defense in eviction proceedings. (TRD)
  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are allowing servicers to extend forbearance agreements for multifamily property owners with existing forbearance agreements for up to three months, totaling forbearance up to six months, according to the government agency. (HousingWire)

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