In the evolving coronavirus situation (see our prior posts here), SDNY has yet again tightened courthouse restrictions, with a new set of protocols effective tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.  In-person criminal matters are limited to new arrests, arraignments, bail appeals, and emergency matters, and spectators “will be required to sit in designated seats in order to preserve social distancing procedures.”

Civil matters “will proceed at the discretion of the individual Judge,” but “[i]n-court appearances will be limited strictly to Emergency Matters,” which “should be conducted by teleconference or (if the presence of witnesses is required) videoconference if possible.”