The City of Chamblee was informed that a member of its municipal court staff tested positive for COVID-19. The court staff member was present during the Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 traffic court sessions. They were not in close proximity with any attendees and followed social distancing guidelines, officials said in a news release.
Per the Statewide Judicial Emergency Order, the city released municipal court operating guidelines May 13, 2020 and later updated them on July 1, 2020 that require all attendees to wear masks, maintain 6-feet distance at all times and scan all attendees’ temperatures upon entry. Only 25 attendees were permitted in the building at once to reduce congestion and adhere to social distancing requirements. All attendees were assigned a number card upon entry and had to return the number upon exit. This ensured the maximum number of attendees were allowed in the building at one time.
Judges, solicitors and court staff were separated from the public and distanced from each other with Plexiglas partitions at the judges’ benches and solicitor and public defenders’ work space areas. Court staff who were in close proximity with the individual who tested positive are self-quarantining per Georgia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines, officials said.