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Covid-19: prison visits banned

Visits to correctional facilities are on hold to help limit the spread of Covid-19, the Minister of National Security said today.

Wayne Caines added that a plan for jails was to be given to the Prison Officers Association for members to provide feedback.

He told a press conference this afternoon: “Visiting at the Department of Corrections has ended.”

Mr Caines explained that the Commissioner of Corrections gave a presentation to the Emergency Measures Organisation meeting earlier today.

The minister added that he asked for the plan to be provided to the POA so that representatives could point out any “gaps”.

Mr Caines, who declined to provide details about the proposals publicly, said: “We realise that there are concerns.

“I have seen the plan. I would like for the Prison Officers Association to look at the plan and if they feel that it's not strong or good enough for them, to share what we can do as a team, a collectorate, working together to make it better.”

Timothy Seon, the head of the POA, could not be contacted for comment.

The entrance to the Westgate Correctional Facility in Dockyard (File photograph).

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Published March 19, 2020 at 5:33 pm (Updated March 19, 2020 at 5:33 pm)

Covid-19: prison visits banned

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