Manila court closes for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 case
A Manila regional trial court (RTC) has been ordered closed for two weeks after one of its staff got infected with the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court (SC) said.
The SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) said in its Twitter post that Manila RTC Branch 32 has been ordered “physically closed from September 15 to 25, 2020.”
In a memorandum issued by Manila Executive Judge Virgilio Macaraig, the decision was made after one of the court’s staff was “found positive for COVID-19 after swab test.”
With the, Macaraig dircted Branch 32 Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina to “conduct tracing to determine who were exposed to your staff.”
“Hearings may be conducted through videoconferencing subject to applicable Circulars issued by the Supreme Court. And, please monitor your office e-mail and hotlines to address urgent queries from litigants and court users,” he advised.
Aside from the Manila court, the SCPIO said other offices ordered physically closed are the Lipa City RTC’s Office of the Clerk of Court from Sept. 14 to 28 and the Malolos City RTC Branch 76 from Sept. 14 to 18 after it was found a staff from each of the offices also got infected with COVID-19.