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Chief Justice John Roberts asked justices to wear face masks after the omicron surge over the holidays. He was especially concerned for justice Sotomayor, who has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19.

Gorsuch, who sits next to Sotomayor on the bench, refused.

Now, though, the situation had changed with the omicron surge, and according to court sources, Sotomayor did not feel safe in close proximity to people who were unmasked. Chief Justice John Roberts, understanding that, in some form asked the other justices to mask up.

They all did. Except Gorsuch, who, as it happens, sits next to Sotomayor on the bench. His continued refusal since then has also meant that Sotomayor has not attended the justices' weekly conference in person, joining instead by telephone.



Putting on a mask would have cost Gorsuch nothing, but then he didn’t care about risk to front line workers, either.


https://www.npr.org/2022/01/18/1073428376/supreme-court-just...
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