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Inmate visits will ‘gradually’ resume at federal institutions, prison service says

Thursday, July 08, 2021 @ 9:17 AM | By Amanda Jerome

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) has announced it is “gradually” resuming inmate visits as there are “currently zero inmate cases of COVID-19” at federal correctional institutions.

According to a government release, issued on July 6, CSC “lifts restrictions at its sites based on an integrated risk management framework that was developed with public health partners, unions and stakeholders.”

“CSC constantly monitors the public health situation in each region, including community transmission rates, and makes decisions based on the latest public health evidence. CSC also consults local public health, occupational health and safety committees, and inmate committees prior to implementing any new measures,” the release added.

Health and safety measures, such as a COVID-19 screening processes which include a temperature check, will remain in place at all facilities.

“Visitors are also required to wear a mask, wash/sanitize their hands before entry, and practise physical distancing at all times. Visitor spaces will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each visit,” the release explained.

The release also noted that a government webpage will be “updated regularly to provide information on which sites are currently open for visits.”

“Those wanting to visit a federal inmate are encouraged to review the health and safety measures required. Visits must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. There are limits on the number of people permitted and the duration of the visits. Any new or suspected cases of COVID-19 in an institution or unforeseen circumstance at the site could affect visits. Those planning a visit should always confirm their visit with the institution before travelling,” the release stressed.

According to the release, over 76 per cent of inmates in CSC facilities have been vaccinated “with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 68 per cent have received both doses” to date.

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