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Minimum Health Protocols

Effective 8/2/2021

  • The Local Health Authority has indicated that vaccination is the most effective mechanism to mitigate against spread of COVID and severity of infection.  We urge justice system stakeholders to consult with their medical provider to determine if they should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Individuals are responsible for self-monitoring and should not enter the Justice Center if symptomatic for COVID-19.  Staff must inform supervisor of COVID-19 symptoms, positive test, or exposure.
  • Specific minimum health protocols in the Justice Center are tied to the Gating Stages used by the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD), and outlined in the chart below.
Health District Gating Stage Green
Normal Community Spread
Yellow
Moderate Community Spread
Orange
High Community Spread
Red
Uncontrolled Community Spread
Face Coverings Requested of unvaccinated individuals; individual courts have discretion to require in their courtroom. Requested of unvaccinated individuals; individual courts have discretion to require in their courtroom. Requested of unvaccinated individuals; individual courts have discretion to require in their courtroom Requested of all individuals; individual courts have discretion to require in their courtroom.
Social Distancing Unvaccinated individuals are asked to observe social distancing. Unvaccinated individuals are asked to observe social distancing. Required through the building. Required throughout building
Courtroom Capacity Not required Not required Limited to allow for social distancing. Limited to allow for social distancing
In Person Proceedings (including Jury Trials) No Limitation No Limitation No limitation, subject to capacity requirements to allow for social distancing. No limitation, subject to capacity requirements to allow for social distancing

These health protocols have been adopted pursuant to the 40th Emergency Order of the Texas Supreme Court and in consultation with the Williamson County Local Health Authority.