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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitor Restrictions

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The United States District Court for the Southern District of California announces visitor restrictions to all courthouses and Probation and Pretrial Services offices in the District as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended to everyone to take precautions during the coronavirus outbreak and has advised that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Therefore, effective immediately, the following persons will not enter any federal courthouse or probation and pretrial services office in the Southern District of California:

  • Persons who have traveled to any countries within the last fourteen days for which the CDC has issued Level Three travel health notices. Visitors should consult with the CDC website (https ://www to determine Level Three status;
  • Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to any of those countries within the last fourteen days;
  • Persons who have travelled to a quarantined area in the United States within the last fourteen days;
  • Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, or health agency;
  • Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus;
  • Persons with apparent symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath;
  • All visits by student groups and all tours of the Courthouses of the Southern District of California unrelated to a Court proceeding are hereby CANCELLED.

Anyone attempting to enter in violation of these protocols will be denied entry by a Court Security Officer.