Delaware County judges issue mask order for court offices, facilities

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MUNCIE, Ind. — Delaware County's five Circuit Court judges this week issued an order for all members of the public, and staff members, to wear "protective facial coverings" when in the county's court facilities.

That includes in the county's courtrooms in the Delaware County Justice Center — where a mask order was already in place — and court and probation offices in both that facility and at the Youth Opportunity Center.

"All individuals aged two (years) and older are required to wear protective facial coverings properly by covering the nose and mouth while in one of the courthouse facilities," said the order, signed Wednesday by judges Marianne Vorhees, Kimberly Dowling, Linda Ralu Wolf, John Feick and Thomas Cannon Jr.

The order noted the number of COVID-19 cases in Delaware County has increased significantly, "due in part to the fast-spreading Omicron variant."

Facial coverings will be provided "in the event an individual does not have his own before entering the courthouse facilities," the order said.

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In a separate order, the judges ruled no jury trials will be conducted in their courts through Jan. 31.

That order noted the Indiana Health Department has designated Delaware County in a "high risk" category due to the "recent surge of coronavirus cases."

The judges will reevaluate "the state of the pandemic in Delaware County" in terms of scheduling trials after Jan. 31.

A COVID-19 public health emergency was implemented by the Indiana Supreme Court in March 2020 and has remained in effect since then.

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Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at dwalker@muncie.gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Mask order issued by Delaware County's Circuit Court judges

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