In today’s blog post, we take a look at the month ahead and highlight three events that we expect to make headlines in July. 

  1.  Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos will fly aboard the New Shepard capsule, which operates autonomously, on Blue Origin’s first human trip to space. On July 20, the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Bezos, his brother Mark and at least one other passenger will embark on a spaceflight lasting approximately 11 minutes. Days later on July 30, NASA and Boeing will launch their second test flight of the CST-100 Starliner.

  2. Postponed last year due to the pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics will begin in Tokyo on July 23 and run through August 8. With COVID-19 case numbers on the rise in Tokyo – the capital region tallied 673 news cases on Thursday – a limited number of domestic fans will be permitted to attend. If the current state of emergency in Tokyo is upheld on July 11, the number of spectators will be reduced from 10,000 to 5,000. The events will begin with the opening ceremony at 7 a.m. EDT. 

  3. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium is set to expire on July 31. The policy, which has been in place since September and was originally set to expire on June 30, is aimed at preventing evictions which can lead to crowded living situations and the spread of COVID-19. The CDC signaled that it is unlikely there will be another extension, meaning that tenants who are behind on their rent would no longer be granted a reprieve and a flood of evictions could follow. 

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