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Panama City, FL – Bay County Courthouse continues to make masks optional

Panama City, FL –

CITY OF PANAMA, FLA. (WMBB) – Bay County Courthouse does not plan to change its mask policy, despite an increase in COVID-19 cases, while the Delta variant rises throughout Bay County.

In keeping with Florida policy, masks will continue to be optional in the courthouse.

“For now, I think we’re going to stay where we are,” Judge Christopher Patterson said. “We are updating the local bar, the lawyers in the region as well as our judges. So they know what’s going on, they can decide if they need to take any extra precautions.

At this time, jury trials will continue to be held in person. If COVID cases continue to rise, the Bay County Courthouse could impose social distancing on jurors during the trial, and potentially add more protections to make participants feel safer.

“One of the things we continue to do is focus on remote appearances for certain types of cases,” Patterson said. “So that we don’t completely bring everyone back into the courthouse and small areas.”

Courthouse employees have the option of working from home a few times a week, Patterson said. However, they should be in the courthouse several times a week.

“The court just can’t stop doing what it’s doing. We must continue to operate and this is how we have chosen to proceed.

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