In light of the new guidance issued by the CDC last week and in consultation with an epidemiologist who is working with a number of federal courts throughout the country, we are revising our mask wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people in the courthouse and annex.

What remains the same. In public areas, like public elevators, public corridors, public restrooms, the atrium, and the cafeteria, we will continue to require everyone to wear a mask whether they are vaccinated or not.

What has changed. In private/secure areas, like private elevators, private corridors, private restrooms, the parking garage, chambers, private offices, and the fitness center, fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks. Unvaccinated people will still need to wear masks and practice physical distancing. Fully vaccinated people may, of course, continue to wear masks. New signs will be posted in private/secure areas.

In courtrooms, if only vaccinated people are in the courtroom, masks will not be required. If anyone is unvaccinated or the vaccination status is unknown, masks will be required unless the presiding judge permits otherwise.

We will continue to monitor conditions, consult with experts, and make adjustments over time as we move forward and more information becomes available.

As a reminder, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and widely available to everyone at no cost. Getting vaccinated will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Once you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing more in the courthouse and in your community without having to wear a mask. Getting vaccinated is an important tool to help stop the pandemic and to allow all of us to get back to normal sooner. Getting vaccinated is a personal choice – a choice that will not only protect you, but it will also protect your family, friends, and co-workers.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks.

Betsy Paret
Circuit Executive’s Office