SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (Admn. General Branch) F. No. 212/MISC/PF/2020/SCA(G) Date: 14.03.2020 CIRCULAR

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(Admn. General Branch)
F. No. 212/MISC/PF/2020/SCA(G)
Date: 14.03.2020
In view of the advisory issued by the Government of India cautioning
against mass gathering(s), to avoid the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-
19) infection and to avoid gathering which are considered unsafe, following
precautionary measures are being put in place:
1) Non-essential visits to the Supreme Court premises are discouraged and
accordingly the entry of casual visitors shall remain restricted until
further orders;
2) All cafeterias, including the Departmental Canteen, are being advised
to remain closed until further orders;
3) The Guided Tour of the Supreme Court shall remain suspended &
Supreme Court Museum shall remain closed to visitors, both until
further orders;
4) All licensed vendors are being asked to compulsorily stock alcohol-
based sanitizer(s) with dispenser(s), for use by customers as and when
5) All common areas including restrooms, corridors, staircases, etc. shall
be sanitized after 6.00 p.m. and hence stakeholders are requested to
vacate their respective offices/establishments and exit the premises
preferably by 5.30 pm ;
6) All stakeholders who may have a travel history to the affected
areas/countries, as may be notified from time to time by the
Government(s), or who may have symptoms of fever, sore throat,
cough, runny nose or breathing difficulty, are advised to self-restrain
themselves from presently visiting the Supreme Court premises;
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7) All entrants to the Supreme Court premises may be required to subject
themselves to thermal-screening and persons detected with high body
temperature would be denied entry and further, may be subject to the
SOP prescribed by the Government of India, Ministry of Health from
time to time; in this regard, all concerned may note that the
Government of NCT of Delhi has already invoked the relevant
provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and notified The Delhi
Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 thereunder vide
No. F. 51/DGHS/PH-IV/COVID-019/202-215 dated 12.03.2020; (copy
8) Lawyers and litigants from across the country who would presently like
to avoid travel or a visit to the Supreme Court of India, may write to the
Registry by email to, apprising such fact and
details of their case(s) with request that their matter(s) may not be listed
until the aforesaid restrictions remain in force;
9) All entrants, including lawyers/litigants/clerks entering Courts, would
be advised not to crowd at any spot and to exit the premises as soon as
their official business has ended, thereby helping themselves and others
remain safe;
10) All concerned may refer to the aforesaid Regulations, more particularly
on ‘screening’ and ‘dealing with suspect and symptomatic cases’,
and also refer to Guidelines for ‘Home Quarantine’, Guidelines for
‘Use of masks by public’ and the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ issued by the
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, and co-operate
in ensuring compliance thereof. (Copies enclosed)
This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
(Dr. Sushil Kr. Sharma)
Assistant Registrar (AG)
Encl. As above

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