LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Face masks will no longer be required in Los Angeles Superior Court buildings starting April 4, the presiding judge announced Saturday.
The decision aligns the courts with county and state COVID-19 face covering guidelines, which only recommend masks in indoor settings, but do not mandate them.
“For two years, the court has followed the advice and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the (county’s public health department), while balancing public health and safe access to justice in the most largest trial court in the country,” the presiding judge said. Eric C. Taylor said in a statement. “Since the winter surge of COVID-19 peaked in LA County in mid-January, LADPH reports that “case and test positivity rates and hospitalizations have steadily declined.”
“These benchmarks have guided the court’s measured approach during the pandemic. While new case reports have declined, LADPH strongly recommends the use of medical masks or properly fitted respirators for all persons, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public places and court policy will align. on these guidelines as of April 4.
Like the state and county, the court system will “strongly recommend” courthouse visitors wear a properly fitted mask, such as N95, KN95, or KF94, especially for those at increased risk of serious illness from COVID. -19.