U.S. District Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York issued a standing order Monday morning that barred people who had visited five countries particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the last 14 days from entering court premises.

The directive, which cited Italy, China, South Korea, Japan and Iran, also blocked entry to anyone who had come into close contact with people who had returned from the countries in the last two weeks and would remain in effect until further notice, a court spokesman confirmed. 

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