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Maryland’s chief judge loosens COVID-19 court restrictions, effective June 1

Maryland’s chief judge is updating COVID-19 health measures for courthouses and judicial facilities to enable vaccinated people to enter them without face coverings next week.

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued the orders Tuesday in response to modified protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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They will be effective June 1.

The new orders will allow all judicial employees and court visitors over the age of 2 who are fully vaccinated to enter judiciary facilities without masks. That’s unless the administrative judge or state court administrator determines there are certain settings that may require them.

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In jurisdictions that may require certain additional health measures, the administrative judges of the circuit court and district court must determine together whether to maintain restrictions.

The administrative orders stipulate that those who have not been vaccinated must continue to wear masks. However, if they are participating in a court proceeding, a judge may require them to remove them and use a provided face shield.

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