HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday extended an eviction moratorium he implemented during the coronavirus pandemic for another two months, but he doesn't expect to keep it longer than that.

The existing emergency order instituting a pause on evictions was due to expire Tuesday, but Ige extended it for 60 more days. It's now due to expire on Aug. 6.

During an interview on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Spotlight Hawaii livestream program, the governor noted the Legislature passed a bill encouraging landlords and tenants to work out payments for past rent to prevent evictions. He didn't say whether he would sign the measure but said said he thought it was “important.”

“We are asking all of the advocates and stakeholders to help us implement the mediation programs and really help as many people as we can in that window,” Ige said.

He also noted rent and mortgage relief was available.