Although Governor Michael DeWine rescinded the majority of public health orders effective June 2, 2021, businesses and other entities could continue to require mitigation measures (e.g., masks and social distancing).
On July 31, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”) identified Ohio and Cuyahoga County as an area of “substantial transmission”. Recent evidence suggests that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is highly transmissible. Further studies show that while the vaccine is effective, and reduces the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, even those who are vaccinated can spread the highly contagious Delta variant.
In light of this, the CDC and Cuyahoga County Board of Health updated their guidance recommending that those in areas of substantial transmission, including those who are fully vaccinated, wear a face covering in public indoor settings.
Therefore, in the continuing effort to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public we serve, the following rules are in effect beginning on August 5, 2021, until further notice:
In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all visitors and employees entering any building with business of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division, including the Justice Center, Courthouse Square, Old Courthouse and West Side Office, will be required to wear a mask covering both their nose and mouth;
Each person entering these areas shall pass through temperature monitor screening;
All employees must wear a mask, covering both their nose and mouth:
- In any area accessible to the public;
- In any common area;
- When meeting with or assisting any member of the public;
- When at a workspace that is within a common area and/or there is no ability to social distance.
- Staff may remove their mask while alone in an enclosed, private work area;
- When necessary, and as directed by a supervisor, employees may still be required to wear a mask in an enclosed, private work area.