SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT EVICTIONS PROTOCOL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC August 19, 2020
As Sheriff of Los Angeles County, I am responsible for public safety while enforcing the laws of this state. Effective March 4, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom issued both an Eviction Moratorium for individuals financially affected by this pandemic as well as a Stay at Home Order for all but essential workers. As such, the Sheriff’s Department temporarily suspended serving all evictions, so as not to displace people while the Stay at Home Order was in place.
In May 2020, Governor Newsom began to ease stay at home restrictions throughout the state. Now that the Stay at Home Order has ended and has not been re-instated, we are moving forward with the enforcement of evictions issued prior to the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium.
Currently, the Sheriff’s Department is only serving evictions that were ordered by the court prior to March 4, 2020. The Sheriff’s Department will not be serving any COVID-19 related evictions absent an ex-parte order. In the near future, I plan to meet with Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile to discuss evictions. This issue is of grave concern to me because we must balance the enforcement of orders of the court without contributing to the spread of the COVID-19 virus through increased homelessness.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva