Los Angeles, California – Starting April 4, employees and visiting parties at Los Angeles Superior Court buildings will no longer be required to wear face masks. The change was announced on Friday by the court’s presiding judge.
By making this change, the courts will be in compliance with the county and state’s COVID-19 face-covering rules.
The LA Superior Court system, like the state and county, will “strongly recommend” that visitors to the courtroom wear a well-fitting mask, such as an N95, KN95, or KF94, especially for those who are at increased risk of serious sickness from COVID-19.
According to Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor, “For two years, the court has followed the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the county Department of Public Health, while balancing public health and safe access to justice in the nation’s largest trial court. Since the winter COVID-19 surge peaked in LA County in mid-January, LADPH indicates that ‘case and test positivity rates and hospitalizations have consistently 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 well-fitting medical masks or respirators for all people, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public settings, and the court’s policy will align with this guidance effective April 4.”