Masks required at Winnipeg courthouse after employees test positive for COVID-19

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Masks are mandatory in the Winnipeg courthouse complex from Tuesday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.The staff member was last in the office on Wednesday and did not interact with the public, according to a letter signed by the heads of the province’s three levels of justice.

This person and his relatives are isolated.

“The courthouse complex has undergone a further improved cleaning, including all high touch point areas like elevator buttons, courtrooms etc. Read the letter signed by Richard Chartier, Chief Justice of Manitoba; Glenn Joyal, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench; and Margaret Wiebe, the provincial chief judge.

In addition to other preventive measures, members of the public, including lawyers and the media, must wear a mask at all times inside the courthouse, including at the office of the Provincial Court in Saint-Boniface.

There are, however, a few exceptions.

People who work in courthouse offices or the chambers area may choose to wear a mask in these spaces, but they are encouraged to do so. Outside of these spaces, such as in public spaces and hallways, they should wear a mask

According to the letter, it will be up to the presiding judge to decide whether and when those in the courtrooms should be masked.

Clerks working in public offices will need to wear a mask unless they are working behind plexiglass.

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