Despite her reservations, a Washington, D.C., District Court judge today said she lacks the legal authority to stop the new nationwide eviction moratorium.

To get the moratorium blocked, challengers to the order would need to ask the appellate court to intervene, Judge Dabney Friedrich on Friday said, as reported by CNN.

The new eviction restrictions, announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Aug. 3, replaced a previous version of the moratorium that lapsed on July 31 and now applies in counties with “substantial and high transmission” of the coronavirus.

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