31 March 2020 – Evictions and public utilities terminations prohibited

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Utilities; Rental housing
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives
Level of Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Lead People/Agency: Governor Cooper

Overview: Prohibits utilities for terminating service for nonpayment and no collection of late fees, discourages telecommunication companies from terminating service for nonpayment and collecting late fees, no new eviction proceedings, encourage the delay or repos, all regulated banks and the like are urged to change their practices including waive ATM fees and offer payment accommodations on debts, among others
Full details here: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO124-Utilities-Evictions-Financial-Services.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL group of non-academics (e.g. business or community leaders), Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), about 4 pages of justifications are given many are policy related, some are economic, only a few are science related
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government, State government data, state medical official concerns
Evidence/Justification: NCDHHS confirms case count in NC continues to rise and “has lab documentation that community spread as occurred; WHO pandemic declaration, federal and state emergency declarations, “hospital administrators and health care providers have expressed concerns that unless the spread of COVID 19 is limited, existing heath care facilities may be insufficient to care for those who become sick”