Dear Counsel,

I hope that this finds you, your families and your staff well.

The following statement has been released regarding Suffolk County and it’s procedures for courthouse screenings of the coronavirus.

The following safety and operational protocols shall apply to all Unified Court System facilities for the safety of all court personnel and court users:

Commencing July 6, 2020, visitors (including parties, attorneys, witnesses, spectators, law enforcement officers, vendors, and all non-UCS personnel) to any Unified Court System facility will be required to submit to temperature screening and questioning upon entry into the facility and prior to magnetometer and x-ray security screening.

A uniformed officer will take the visitor’s temperature by infrared thermometer without physical contact to the visitor. The officer will ask whether, within the last 14 days, the visitor (1) has a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any flu-like symptoms; (2) has tested positive for COVID-19 (or been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID19); or (3) has returned from travel abroad or from a state covered by Executive Order 205.