Due to the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases, the Supreme Court has made a Covid-19 test compulsory for anyone who enters the court premises and has symptoms of the disease.
The Apex Court has also released additional guidelines for people who enter the premises like advocates and their staff, registry staff and staff of coordinate agencies etc.; if the entrant shows any symptom related to Covid-19, they have to take an RT PCR test.
The Court instructed all controlling officers to ensure that staff wears masks, practice social distancing, and sanitise their hands properly. The circular states that people who have symptoms related to COVID 19 should not come to Court and apply for leave.
Elevators at the Court premises cannot be used by more than three persons and will only be used for going up, whilst coming down people are instructed to use stairs.
As per the circular, these new guidelines would complement the current protocols, and the registry might alter or modify the guidelines as per the need of the hour.
Incidentally, the Apex Court is taking up cases through virtual mode only as Covid cases are on the rise.
According to reports, over forty staff members of the Apex Court have tested positive for Covid-19.