Washington Evening Journal
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Officials say a mask mandate from the Iowa State Supreme Court applies in county courthouses, but only certain parts of the buildings.
“All people entering court-controlled areas must wear a face covering,” the Aug. 27 order said. “This requirement applies regardless of a person’s vaccination status … this requirement applies statewide and does not depend on a particular county’s or area’s positivity rating.”
Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said the wording of “court-controlled areas” excluded much of the building, leaving out spaces used by the auditor’s office, treasurer, and Board of Supervisors.
“Here, it’s just the top floor of the courthouse,” he said. “The two courtrooms, judge offices … basically where all the legal prospect takes place.”