On the first day of his presidency, Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered a two-month extension of the nation’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium.

The federal eviction protections, which had been slated to sunset Jan. 31, will now run through March 31 unless extended by the president or Congress. The effect of the federal order on California is largely dependent on the fate of the state’s own eviction moratorium. California’s statewide eviction protections, arguably more stringent than the federal order, are set to expire next week, although renewal is a foregone conclusion.

The ultimate timeline for both federal and state moratoria remain at play. Last week, Biden said he would urge Congress to extend the federal eviction protections through September as part of his nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan.

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