Businesses and nonprofits that are having trouble paying rent while they cope with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis won’t have to worry about getting evicted for the next couple months.
Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday issued an executive order barring commercial landlords from evicting tenants who are struggling financially due to the coronavirus outbreak through May 31. The order also urges commercial landlords to defer rent payments during the pandemic crisis, saying that they “shall consider” deferrals for tenants who are struggling financially.
“As we continue to prioritize public health, we will continue to do everything in our power to support those in our small business and nonprofit communities serving us,” Ducey said in a press statement announcing the order.
The governor is also asking landlords to waive penalties, fees and interest for tenants who fail to pay rent or pay it late.
Ducey issued a similar order on March 25 halting residential evictions for 120 days, and pumped $5 million into the state’s Housing Trust Fund for assistance to people who are struggling to make rent payments due to the pandemic.
Small businesses that are struggling to make ends meet during the crisis can also seek federal assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Paycheck Protection Program, which began accepting applications on Monday.
How you can tell if you might be ill
Symptoms of COVID-19 resemble that of the flu. So, if you’re experiencing coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath, you should consider getting checked out. Call your primary care physician or visit an urgent care center or emergency room — but call the health care provider before you go so they can be prepared for your arrival. The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is taking COVID-19 calls: 1-844-542-8201
How COVID-19 spreads
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
How to prevent spreading COVID-19
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Don’t use your hands.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including counter tops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better. Once symptoms are gone experts recommend staying home an additional 72 hours.