NASHVILLE (WLAF)- The State of Tennessee will not be following Centers for Disease Control advice to pause evictions. A high court has ruled the CDC has no legal standing to impose the moratorium.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in July that the CDC lacks the authority to pause evictions. The appeals court oversees Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. The eviction moratorium states it does not apply “to the extent its application is prohibited by federal court order.”

The CDC issued the halt in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases and the delta variant surge. It covers counties with “substantial or high” community transmission levels a metric that all but one of Tennessee’s counties met as of Aug. 2.

Over three million Americans could face eviction after the original eviction pause lapsed over the weekend. The Biden Administration said the new order is aimed at buying some time for those Americans.

The latest CDC guidance only applies to rentals. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 08/10/2021-6AM)