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Maine Judicial Branch Removes Mask Requirement for Most Courthouse Areas
Masks are no longer required in Judicial Branch facilities except for smaller rooms where a masking requirement is posted.
The Maine Judicial Branch announced today that it has lifted masking requirements for its facilities because of revised CDC recommendations and the latest COVID-19 community transmission rates, which continue to decrease. Masks may be required in smaller rooms where a requirement to wear a mask is specifically posted. 3-ply masks will be available from Judicial Marshals at courthouse entry screening.
The change in COVID-19 protocols is reflected in a revised Post-Pandemic Management Order-SJC-1, effective March 14, 2022 (PPMO-SJC-1). Other than the change in the mask requirement, all other COVID-19 protocols remain in effect, including:
- The use of remote proceedings for many court proceedings as provided in Administrative Order JB-21-05;
- COVID-19 entry screening questions;
- Maximum capacity limits; and
- Quarantine and isolation procedures.
Although masks will not be required as of today, visitors and Judicial Branch staff may, of course, wear masks if they wish.