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What you need to know about protocols and procedures in courthouses during COVID-19

Learn about self-screening and personal protective equipment (PPE) in Massachusetts courts.

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Entry screening and masks

Court users and employees should self-screen before coming to court. You may not enter a courthouse if you:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 5 days
  • Are waiting for COVID-19 test results after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been directed to isolate or quarantine
  • Currently have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Are not up to date on vaccinations and have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 5 days

It is important to note that personal protective equipment should not take the place of the following protective actions:

  • frequent hand washing 
  • the frequent use of hand sanitizers 
  • frequent cleaning of work stations 
  • avoiding unnecessary physical contact such as handshaking 
  • refraining from touching one’s mouth, nose and eyes
  • maintaining social distancing (implementing the six foot rule)

Wearing masks

Mask wearing is not require inside of courthouses, except when persons have tested positive, experienced symptoms, or had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the previous 10 days. Mask wearing is encouraged, especially by those who are not up to date on vaccinations, have a weakened immune system, are at increased risk for severe disease due to age or an underlying medical condition, or live in the same household as someone in those circumstances. 

Date published: July 28, 2020
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