The COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have an extraordinary impact on the Eastern District of New York and the operations of this Court. The incidence of COVID-19 cases both nationally and throughout the Eastern District of New York and the surrounding metropolitan area has continued to increase. Although distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has begun, it will not be widely available for at least several weeks. After consultation with the Court’s epidemiologist and upon consideration of the foregoing circumstances, and balancing the need to assist in the preservation of public safety while effectively administering justice during a critical period in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court finds it necessary and advisable to further extend all provisions of Administrative Order 2020-26, as amended by Administrative Order 2020-26-1. As such,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all provisions of Administrative Order 2020-26, as amended by Administrative Order 2020-26-1 shall remain in effect through March 1, 2021.