|Effective: March 11, 2020
Hearings will be conducted as scheduled; however, requests for adjournments will be granted.
Persons infected generally have the following symptoms: fever, muscle pain and dry cough, which then leads to shortness of breath and other difficulties in breathing.
We are therefore proposing this policy to safeguard the health and welfare of all interested parties; to comply with all local, state and federal health and safety standards; and to ensure the continued general operation of the business.
Individuals and attendees are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially when returning to the meeting space from the outside or after physically interacting with other individuals.
Individuals are encouraged to monitor their own health. If an individual believes that they are exhibiting the initial symptoms of the coronavirus fever, dry cough, headache, and muscle pain, the individual should immediately seek medical help. All individuals with a good faith belief that they are exhibiting these symptoms will be granted an adjournment to seek medical assistance, diagnosis, and treatment.
Any individual who exhibits the initial viral symptoms – fever, dry cough, headache, and muscle pain, and also experiences shortness of breath or other problems breathing – will not be allowed to attend a hearing. Those individuals will be required maintain a distance for 14 calendar days unless they have been properly tested for the coronavirus by a qualified healthcare provider and receive a negative diagnosis for infection.
All individuals traveling or who have traveled to a country designated by the Center for Disease Control as having a Level 3 Travel Health Notice will be required to adjourn their hearing for at least 14 calendar days. If they remain asymptomatic after the 14-day period ends, they may reschedule and/or attend their hearing. Information pertaining to the Center for Disease Control Travel Health Notices can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
All individuals who have had close contact or live with someone who i) has contracted the Coronavirus or ii) has traveled to a country designated by the Center for Disease Control as having a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, will be required to adjourn their hearing for at least 14 calendar days after the exposure. If they remain asymptomatic after the 14-day period ends, they may reschedule and/or attend their hearing.
An individual may appeal to the Trustee for a waiver to conduct their hearing if they believe they or another traveler visited areas and regions unaffected by the virus. The Trustee will only grant a waiver based on information provided in the Center for Disease Control Travel Health Notices. The information provided must show that there is currently no reported spread of the virus in the area visited and/or there is a minimal risk of contracting the Coronavirus in the area visited. We also reserve the right to require medical clearances in such cases.