New order issued on masking in court facilities

A court order issued by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea will require face coverings to be worn in Minnesota courtrooms as well as public spaces in a court facility.


The Judicial Branch’s guidance, issued July 30, had authorized local decision-making by judges on if the use of face coverings in their courtrooms or local court facilities should be required. With the new order now in place, individuals should talk to court staff immediately upon entry if they do not have access to a face covering or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one.


Face coverings will be provided to individuals who do not have access to one. A presiding judge may direct people to remove face coverings as necessary to conduct court proceedings.


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