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Outside the Phillip Burton Federal Building on April, 13, 2020 under the state-wide shelter in place order (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM) Outside the Phillip Burton Federal Building on April, 13, 2020, under the statewide shelter in place order. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

California’s federal courts once again are scaling back operations as the state’s COVID-19 cases continue to climb and the majority of the population falls under shelter-in-place orders.

The courts’ announcements follow five San Francisco Bay Area counties reinstating strict shelter-in-place orders Dec. 4, and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home mandate that becomes effective once regions’ intensive care capacities dip below 15%. On Tuesday, the state reached a new single-day record with 35,400 new coronavirus infections and 219 fatalities, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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