The week before a federal appellate court in Atlanta is to consider a challenge to the CDC’s moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus epidemic, a federal judge in Washington on Wednesday vacated the moratorium.

The ruling is a setback for advocates of the eviction moratorium issued Sept. 4, 2020 by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The moratorium has been extended three times and is due to expire June 30.

The ruling issued Wednesday has force only in the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. However, it does join a number of rulings in other courts that halted the moratorium in their jurisdictions, including a March 12 ruling that added western Tennessee to portions of Ohio and Texas as areas where judges halted the ban.

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