Court Changes Mask Rules for Building

Based upon updated guidance from federal health officials, the Ohio First District Court of Appeals is changing the rules for wearing masks inside the William Howard Taft Law Center building.

On February 25, 2022, the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance limiting its recommendation for masks indoors to areas identified as “High” COVID-19 Community Levels.

However, people may choose to wear a mask at any time, and people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

On March 1, 2022, Hamilton County was identified as “Medium” COVID-19 Community Level.  County level for community transmission rates is available on the CDC’s website: 

The Court has amended its prior Administrative Order entered on August 18, 2021. Under the modifications:

  1. Consistent with public health guidelines, the  wearing  of  facial coverings/masks by employees, attorneys, and members of the public is no longer required in common areas or elevators in the Taft Law Center.
  2. The leadership of each of the entities occupying individual floors within the Taft Law Center retains the authority to establish their own standards within their individual spaces.
  3. Individuals who wish to wear a face covering/mask for personal health reasons shall be permitted to do so even where masks are not required in a particular area.
  4. No person shall enter the Taft Law Center if the person has COVID-19, suspects they have COVD-19, has a COVID-19 test pending, or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. Any person who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 at the Taft Law Center may be asked to leave the building at the discretion of the Court or the leadership of the relevant entity in which the person is located.
  6. The availability of hand sanitizers and regular cleaning in common areas shall be maintained.

This Administrative Order is effective March 2, 2022, and until further order of the Court.