Cleansing and disinfection at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts completed after 2 COVID-19 cases reported

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2nd August 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Judiciary today said that cleansing and disinfection have been completed in all courts and public areas of the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts (KCM) after confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving two security personnel were recorded earlier. The security personnel concerned were employed by the police’s contractor and tasked with security duties in courtrooms at the KCM. The patients and their close contacts had stopped working at the KCM before commencement of cleansing and disinfection.

 For the sake of prudence, starting from tomorrow, all fresh remand cases to be handled at the KCM will be diverted to the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts until further notice to further reduce the flow of people. Other hearings of the KCM will generally proceed as scheduled unless directed otherwise by the court. 

 The Judiciary will continue to strictly enforce appropriate preventive and crowd management measures. These measures include enhanced cleansing and disinfection of public areas, requiring all people entering the Judiciary premises to undergo body temperature checks and wear surgical masks at all times unless otherwise directed by the judge, expansion of registry/office areas as far as possible, and putting in place necessary queuing, ticketing and other crowd management arrangements to regulate the people flow and avoid crowding.

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