In a memo issued Sunday, Supreme Court of North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley said that eviction and foreclosure hearings would be postponed for the next 30 days, the News & Observer reported.

“Put simply, it cannot be business as usual for our court system,” Beasley said. “Non-essential court functions that cannot be accomplished through the use of remote technology must be postponed.”

The move would affect potentially thousands of North Carolinians. More than 16,500 Wake County households faced possible eviction, according to the N&O. 

As restaurant closures continue to rise, and the number of people spending money at bars and local eateries lowers, North Carolinians in the service industry in particular are squeezed. With the future of employment uncertain during an economic downturn, the move by Beasley would provide some certainty for now.

The memo includes a number of other orders, including a halt on all trials that have not yet selected juries.

Read more about the memo from the News & Observer.