The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said that it plans to continue hearing appeals as scheduled this week, as state and federal governments ramped up their efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

While the Manhattan-based appeals court would remain open to “fulfill its constitutional and statutory responsibilities,” access to the courthouse would be restricted only to those with official business before the court, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann said in a one-page order posted to the court’s website Monday.

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