Santa Clara County restricts court access due to Omicron
Article from The Mercury News
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Officials say staffing shortages drove temporary decision to close public counters and limit courthouse entry
The Santa Clara County Superior Court announced Wednesday, January 12, 2021 that it is closing public counters and restricting courthouse entry through the end of the month because of staffing absences driven by the rapidly spreading omicron variant of COVID-19, joining other Bay Area courts that have also been limiting public access.
The decision to decrease the public’s access to South Bay court facilities is effective through Jan. 31, by which point officials plan to reevaluate whether to rescind or modify the restrictions.
This marks at least the third large-scale order in Santa Clara County to restrict court availability. Courthouses across the state were largely shuttered in the first few months of the pandemic and began widely installing teleconference and videoconference lines to maintain some level of court access.