Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Tuesday the Broward Sheriff’s Office would stop serving eviction notices “for as long as needed,” due to the uncertainty the spread of the coronavirus may bring.

adSFGNCaronaHomepageinstoryAdd“This is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone in our community, and we want to ensure residents have a safe place to stay, focus on being with their families and stay healthy in order to slow the spread of the virus across Broward County,” Tony said. “No one should have to worry about losing their home during this pandemic.”This move comes as more of Broward County, and the country, shuts down in order to stop the spread of the virus. As bars and restaurants are forced to close many workers are losing their paychecks. 

Those workers may find some relief if the federal government passes a stimulus package that includes cash payments to Americans, an idea that’s being floated by some Democrats and Republicans.

Tony also posted a video message on Facebook reassuring residents his office is ready to meet the challenge of coronavirus pandemic. 

In the video he warns scammers may try to take advantage of the crisis. “I urge the public to be vigilant of scammers who are trying to exploit this situation from phishing emails to fake charitable causes criminals are trying to cash in on this epidemic,” he said.