All RI judicial buildings reopening without restrictions other than masking

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This story has been amended to clarify the source of the executive order.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s back to business as usual at courthouses throughout Rhode Island on Tuesday.

All judicial buildings will now be open without restrictions, with the exception of face masks being worn.

According to an executive order issued by Chief Justice Paul Suttell, jury trials and in-person hearings can resume, and people can once again pay court fees at the clerk’s office.

“As the grip of COVID-19 begins to wan and the case numbers and fatalities abate, the public health restrictions that have become a fact of life for Rhode Islanders have concomitantly begun to recede as well,” Suttell’s order said in part.

Although courts will resume operations without restrictions, caution is still advised and the practices that reflect that.

Signage remains on the front doors asking if you’ve self-screened for COVID symptoms and plexiglass is still up in addition to everyone wearing a mask.

The slow return to pre-pandemic practices doesn’t completely get rid of the ones that began during the pandemic. Remote hearings and online payments are still highly encouraged and both are no longer first-come, first-served with appointments now needed.

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