Visitation is resuming at New York prisons this week, and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) has released new guidelinesto prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Maximum-security prisons started to allow visitors on Wednesday, while local prisons like Marcy, Mid-State and Mohawk correctional facilities will start permitting visitors on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Some of the new guidelines include:
- Keeping visiting rooms at half capacity
- Requiring face masks
- Screenings and temperature checks
- No physical contact, other than a short hug at the start and end of each visit
- Limit of three visitors, and one child per visit
Any inmates in quarantine with the virus will not be allowed visitors until they are determined to be recovered.
According to the central region vice president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), Bryan Hluska, there are no current cases of coronavirus at the Marcy, Mid-State or Mohawk facilities.
Below is the full reopening plan fact sheet released by DOCCS: