Well­ness checks and lines as court­houses open, hold more in-per­son hear­ings

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - Ben Pope

Although more in-per­son hear­ings were held at Cook County court­houses Mon­day, there was more ac­tiv­ity out­side some build­ings with lines and tents set up for well­ness checks for those wait­ing to go in­side.

At the Leighton Crim­i­nal Court­house, sher­iff’s deputies ques­tioned judges, lawyers, em­ploy­ees and oth­ers seek­ing to en­ter about po­ten­tial COVID-19 symp­toms they may have.

Those with­out symp­toms then walked through a sec­tioned-off tent — de­signed to en­sure so­cial dis­tanc­ing — be­fore they could pass through the front doors with face masks.

There were some lines to get in­side the Da­ley Cen­ter, with a wait time that av­er­aged 20 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman for Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

“We ex­pected to see some ini­tial con­fu­sion, but so far every­thing went smoothly,” Evans said in a state­ment. “It was a very smooth tran­si­tion. Peo­ple were fol­low­ing the or­ders.”

ASHLEE REZIN GAR­CIA/SUN-TIMES

A Cook County sher­iff’s deputy keeps watch as peo­ple line up at the en­trance to the Leighton Crim­i­nal Court­house on Mon­day.

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