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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

 

Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

In response to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States of America, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana, below is information applicable to operations of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  For any questions or concerns, please contact the U.S. District Court Clerk's Office at (317) 229-3700.

Public Safety Measures in Effect at All Courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana:

  • All visitors must answer health screening questions before being allowed to enter.
  • Persons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC* may enter and occupy public spaces of federal courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana without wearing a face covering.
  • All persons not fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC seeking entry to or occupying any federal courthouse in the Southern District of Indiana must wear a face covering which completely covers the wearer's nose and mouth in all public spaces. An exception may be made for a person providing documentation that he or she is unable, for medical reasons, to wear a face covering.
  • Free masks provided for visitors who may need one to enter the building.
  • Any person who is not fully vaccinated seeking entry to a courthouse who refuses to wear a face covering will be denied entry to the courthouse.
  • Upon entering space belonging to a tenant agency in a federal courthouse, all vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons must comply with the rules and requirements of that tenant agency regarding face coverings and physical distancing.
  • Upon entering courtrooms, Judges' chambers and offices, or any space where a court proceeding is being conducted (including Naturalization ceremonies), all vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons must comply with the rules and requirements of the presiding Judge regarding face coverings and physical distancing.
  • All vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons summoned for jury service and court staff interacting with such persons must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing requirements while in rooms and public spaces designated for juror check-in, orientation, and related activities until such persons enter a courtroom, at which time the rules and requirements of the presiding Judge take effect.
  • Installation of plexiglass barriers in areas deemed necessary.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces like door handles, counters, light switches, and elevator buttons.
  • Hand sanitizer available in public areas.
  • Limited capacity in elevators.

    *By the CDC's definition, a person is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.

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