Pursuant to the Missouri Supreme Court Operational Directives, the following checklist must be completed by every municipal court in St. Louis County and approved by the Office of the Court Administrator before in-person hearings may proceed:

☐ Certify that the Presiding Judge of St. Louis County has moved St. Louis County Courts to Operating Phase Three;

☐ Consult with local judiciary partners and rely on local health officials or departments and CDC guidance to adapt court operating decisions to local health conditions;

☐ Reexamine and update local court orders and COVID-19 notices as appropriate.

In-person court proceedings must be conducted in compliance with social distancing protocols and occupancy rate limitations applicable to the local community;

☐ Operate all common areas in the court facility, including courtrooms and break rooms, under social distancing protocols;

☐ Require the use of face masks or coverings throughout the court facility during all court proceedings unless good cause is shown to limit the requirement in a particular proceeding, such as for a witness who is testifying;

☐ Permit vulnerable litigants, witnesses, victims, attorneys and other individuals involved in court proceedings to participate in the proceedings remotely or postpone their required presence at the court facility;

☐ Utilize all available technologies – including teleconferencing and video conferencing – whenever possible to limit in-person courtroom appearances to the extent not prohibited by constitutional or statutory provisions;

☐ Screen all those entering the court facility.  At a minimum, screening must include taking temperatures (must be below 100.4F), inquiring as to any COVID symptoms and determining whether there has been contact with any COVID-positive individuals in the previous fourteen days;

☐ Clean and disinfect all common areas after each proceeding;

☐ Make readily available and prominently display hand sanitizers and wipes;

☐ Require the use of face masks or coverings except when an individual is alone in a private office;

☐ Permit vulnerable judicial employees to return to work but supervisors shall make reasonable accommodations to address those vulnerabilities;

☐ Absent good cause shown, allow only those individuals whose attendance is required to enter the court facility;

☐ Insist that judicial employees stay home if they a) are subject to a quarantine or isolation order or are living with or caring for such an individual; b) have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine or are living with or caring for an individual who has been advised to self-quarantine; c) are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking medical treatment, or are living with or caring for such an individual;

☐ Comply with all C.D.C./Department of Public Health directives relating to quarantining and contact tracing whenever COVID is detected.