The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York announced Friday that it would be limiting most in-court hearings to its largest courtrooms in Manhattan and White Plains, as it seeks to expand social-distancing measures and scale back operations in the face of the growing coronavirus outbreak.

In a new memo, Chief Judge Colleen McMahon said that, starting Monday, March 23, criminal case operations would be limited to processing new arrests, arraignments, bail appeals and emergency matters.

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