State courts plan to resume regular operations by September

The Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence is the scene of a protest against evictions during the coronavirus pandemic August 14, 2020. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s courts are preparing to resume regular operations this fall.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Suttell issued an executive order Tuesday that would lift most coronavirus restrictions by Sept. 7.

The Boston Globe reports the new order will allow the public to return to all judicial buildings, with some restrictions.

Fully vaccinated people will not be required to wear a mask, unless judges mandate it in their courtrooms.

The public will be able to file court documents in-person by Sept. 7.

Coronavirus cleaning protocols and plexiglass safety barriers installed in courtrooms will remain until Dec. 31 at least.