As from today, anybody attending court will be asked to wear a face covering in the public areas of the court and tribunals buildings in England. Court users have been asked to provide their own face coverings, but they to ask for one should they do not have one of their own.
In the guidance, it provides that you may be asked to temporarily remove the face covering for identification purposes. The courtroom themselves will be covered by the previous guidance and face coverings will not need to be worn when people are speaking or presenting evidence in the courtroom.
For the time being, the new 'normal' will be to ensure that you always have a face covering to hand, when you leave home.
People attending court will be asked to wear face coverings in public areas of courts and tribunals buildings in England from Monday. HM Courts & Tribunals Service chief executive Susan Acland-Hood wrote to representative bodies yesterday announcing the measure, based on the latest advice from Public Health England on minimising Covid-19 risk. The move came just over a week since the government said it would not require masks in court buildings, face covering becoming mandatory from 24 July in enclosed public spaces including supermarkets, banks and post offices.