Mandatory face mask requirements, along with social distancing, will remain in place in Los Angeles County courthouses despite changes in state and county public health COVID-19 guidelines that went into effect Tuesday, the presiding judge of the county’s court system announced.

Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor said workplaces have to continue to comply with Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards.

“The court is carefully monitoring rapid developments and will continue to provide updates on any changes to workplace guidelines,” he said. “Please be patient and continue to wear your masks and remain six feet apart in all court buildings. If you forget your mask when coming to the courthouse, one will be provided to you at the entrance.”

An earlier order requires all people to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in public areas of a courthouse, and bars non-exempt people who refuse to wear a face mask from entry.

People whose disabilities preclude them from wearing face coverings are urged to seek an accommodation from the court in advance of their court hearing or appointment.

Court-goers are also required to maintain at least six feet of distance from all people outside their household and to comply with social distance signage throughout the courthouse.

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