THE ADVOCATE BEHIND THE MASK: NEW GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS FROM MONDAY 27th JULY 2020
The Kings Chambers’ blog contains the full text of a letter from Susan Acland-Hood relating to the wearing of face coverings in court and tribunal buildings from Monday the 27th July 2020.
WEARING FACE COVERINGS IN THE PUBLIC AREAS OF BUILDINGS
“… from Monday 27 July 2020 we are asking all court and tribunal users to wear a face covering in the public areas of our buildings in England.”
THE WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS IN THE COURTROOM
The wearing of face coverings in the court room itself is not mandatory. Face coverings must be removed when speaking.
“Court rooms themselves will be continue to be covered by the current guidance which says that court users may wear face coverings whilst in the courtroom. However, when people are speaking or presenting evidence in the courtroom, face coverings may be removed (and judges or magistrates may ask for them to be removed), and while speaking without a face covering, 2 metres social distancing will be strictly observed.”