BOISE, Idaho (KMVT / KSVT) – The control of COVID-19 precautions in the courts will now largely rest with local districts, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.
The order came a day after most of Idaho left crisis care standards for its hospitals, and as COVID-19 rates plummet statewide.
“In light of the improved circumstances… we have concluded that a further modification of our security protocols is now warranted,” the court order said. The order generally takes effect Wednesday, and health and safety precautions at Idaho courthouses will again be handled the same way they were this summer.
The administrative judge of each district will be responsible for taking the appropriate measures that reflect local conditions. Jury trials can resume the week of December 6, unless a county meets one of the following two conditions:
- The county’s seven-day moving average incidence rate for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases is 25 or more cases per 100,000 population.
- Crisis care standards are in effect for the public health district in which the county is located.
If either of the conditions is met, visitors to the relevant county courthouse must wear masks and maintain social distancing. Judges will have the right to order masking or social distancing if necessary.
The new order replaces those placed in September and October.
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