In-person visits at correctional centres across the state, including Cessnock and Muswellbrook will be allowed as of Monday, after a long hiatus due to COVID-19 precautions.
There is a long list of rules however, including a limit of two visitors per inmate, surgical masks to be worn at all times, and a maximum of 30 minutes per visit to reduce the risk of transmission.
A fist or elbow bump at the beginning and end of the visit is allowed but inmates and visitors must maintain physical distance at all other times.
All visits must be pre-booked, and to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering the correctional centre, there will also be a 30 minute screening process for every visitor before their visit.
In these sessions, visitors will be asked about their health, whether they have been to any locations where NSW Health is directing people to ‘self-isolate and get tested immediately’ and any travel they have done.
“Correctional facilities are particularly vulnerable environments and we all need to work together to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering our centres,” Corrections Commissioner Peter Severin said.
Video conference visits, introduced earlier this year, will continue.