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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Municipal Court to resume normal operations Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Effective Monday, Feb. 1, and until further notice, the Springfield Municipal Court will resume normal operations. In the interest of public health, the Springfield Municipal Court continues to take measures to reduce exposure to, and transmission of, COVID-19, including:

The following persons will be denied entry to the courthouse and must contact the court by phone at 417-864-1890, by regular mail at 625 N. Benton, Springfield, MO 65806, or by e-mail at [email protected] to receive further instructions on their case. 

  • Persons who have traveled to any foreign country within the last 14 days;
  • Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to any foreign country within the last 14 days.
  • Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine or isolate by any doctor, hospital, or health agency until the conclusion of that quarantine or isolation period.
  • Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 until the conclusion of the appropriate quarantine or isolation period.
  • Persons with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell.

The following strategies to minimize COVID-19 transmission have been implemented at the court:

Personal face mask or covering to be appropriately worn by any non-employee entering the courthouse unless a medical or other condition substantially inhibiting such use is alleged to, and verified by, court security. Any disputes in this regard shall be immediately brought to a judge by court security and the dispute shall be resolved before the objecting person enters the courthouse, if at all. Masks and face coverings may be personal or court supplied, but the public is asked to supply their own mask if at all possible. Court-supplied masks shall be “one-use” only.

Social distancing protocol mandating that an individual in the public areas of the courthouse (including courtrooms) is located at one, and only one, of these areas:

  • Sitting on a blue “X,” or
  • Standing on a blue “X,” or
  • Moving toward a blue “X.” The blue “X’s” are a minimum of 6 feet apart.

Security checkpoint protocol to include, as circumstances allow, temperature checks and screening questions before any non-employee may enter the courthouse.

Occupancy limits of:

  • 16 persons in courtroom “A” (the large courtroom)
  • 7 persons in courtroom “B” (the small courtroom)
  • 13 persons in the lobby area
  • 1 person in the foyer.

“Persons” includes judges, court staff, prosecutors and prosecutor staff.

Heightened sanitation and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas including additional hand sanitizers and wipes (as available), sanitizing stations, and cleaning solutions. 

Persons potentially exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.

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For more information, please contact Court Administrator Kyle O’Dell at 417-864-1360.

 

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