COVID Information

For the ease of visitors to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), all information, notices, and announcements concerning the CAVC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be listed on this page.

Beginning in March, CAVC personnel will be working in a mix of remote and on-site presence, according to their telework schedules. The Court will continue to conduct oral arguments virtually, but will be facilitating the option of having judges and/or counsel appear in a hybrid environment with a mix of on-site and remote participation. Oral arguments can be viewed via the CAVC's YouTube channel, which can be accessed by using the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkhT0OvwPHFaX-d0ZEFup0g.

The President's Safer Workplace Task Force has published new implementation guidance related to the CDC's new approach on how they measure a community's COVID-19 level. Based on this new guidance, the Court is instituting the following changes to its Workplace Safety Plan:

Mask-wearing:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, Court personnel, visitors, and onsite contractors (both Court contractors and outside vendor/contractors) are not required to wear a mask, although they enjoy the option of doing so, in the Court itself (floors 6, 9, 10, and 11, and the 2nd floor library) while the DC's COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM.
Court Screening Testing Program / Vaccination Status:
  • When the DC COVID-19 Community Level is LOW, Court personnel, onsite contractors, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated OR who decline to provide information about their vaccination status do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within the previous 3 days prior to entry into the Court's space.
  • When the DC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM or HIGH, the Court's Screening Testing Program is in effect. The Program requires Court personnel, onsite contractors, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated or who decline to provide information about their vaccination status to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within the previous 3 days prior to entry into the Court's facility.
  • As a reminder, individuals entering the Court to obtain a public service or benefit do not need to provide proof of their vaccination status regardless of DC's COVID-19 Community Level.
  • All individuals should continue to monitor the CDC's COVID-19 County Check to determine the current COVID-19 community level for the District of Columbia. Please use this link to visit the CDC's COVID-19 Community Level webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html.
625 Indiana Ave Common Areas:

When the DC COVID-19 Community Level is LOW -
  • Mask-wearing is optional in the building's common areas.
  • Security officers manning the building's main entrance will not check vaccination status of those gaining entry into the building.
When the DC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM -
  • Mask-wearing is optional in the building's common areas.
  • Security officers manning the building's main entrance will check vaccination status of those gaining entry into the building.
When the DC COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH -
  • Mask-wearing is required in the building's common areas regardless of vaccination status.
  • Security officers manning the building's main entrance will check vaccination status of those gaining entry into the building.
Individuals who wish to visit the Court should review the precautions above and call ahead to make sure staff they wish to see will be available on-site. Questions concerning this information can be sent to the USCAVC COVID-19 Coordination Team.

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