My recent in-person depositions have taken place in Manhattan, NYC. Upon entering the building, I’m requested by the lobby concierge to step in front of a screen that is about the size of an iPad/Android tablet. My image and temperature are recorded in realtime. A voice then announces, “Temperature normal.” Temperatures of 100.4 and above will prevent people from proceeding any further. The next step in the screening process is a questionnaire. The concierge asked questions such as have I tested positive for COVID-19? Have I been in contact with anyone infected with the virus? It’s a brief process.
The deposition rooms I’ve worked in did not have plexiglass sheeting to separate the participants. The chairs were spaced apart according to social distancing guidelines. As Reporters, we prefer to have the witness sitting close to us, so now we have to adjust.
So far, I’ve worked with a witness and attorneys wearing the ubiquitous light blue mask, and I was able to understand them.