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Massachusetts Courts, Cities Lift More COVID-19 Restrictions

Boston City Hall. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston City Hall. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

More local pandemic restrictions will be lifted starting Monday, July 12.

Boston City Hall will be open to the public five days a week starting Monday and appointments will no longer be needed for in-person services. In addition, Somerville public buildings, including most of its libraries, will be open for in-person visits. The city's west library branch will remain closed for renovations.

The Massachusetts state courts will also resume most of their normal operations starting Monday — lifting capacity limits in courtrooms and restrictions on jury trials. However, the courts will continue to require masks within courtrooms and some proceedings will still take place remotely.

In addition, the courts will use six-member juries for some trials and restrict the options for attorneys to challenge prospective jurors in order to help clear a backlog of cases.

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