Please be advised that with effect from Wednesday 30 2021, the following changes will be made to face-to-face visits:
- Visit will increase from seven detainees per session to 11.
- Each detainee will be allowed a maximum of four visitors, with no more than three adults per visit. These visits will still be limited to immediate family only.
Visits will remain COVID safe and visitation access may be subject to change depending on the COVID situation to keep people safe. As per the whole of the ACT, ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) is poised to implement further restriction as and when the COVID situation unfolds.
Masks must be worn by all visitors in line with the current health directions and will be subject to change depending on those directions.
Physical distancing of 1.5 m will be always enforced with no physical contact permitted between visitors and detainees, including children.
Due to cleaning requirements, the following services and facilities will not be available during visits:
- Toilet facilities
- The BBQ and outdoor play equipment
Audio-visual visits with a detainee will still be available. Detainees are entitled to one video and one face to face visit per week.
This is the first step towards easing restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 situation in the longer term.
The next step will be a health and safety risk assessment to inform ACTCS on safely moving toward further easing and a return to normal visits arrangements.
ACTCS is committed to ensuring we move towards less restrictive visits arrangements in a safe manner and in line with the COVID risk. I hope to make an informed decision about contact visits very soon.
I acknowledge that these arrangements are still less flexible than pre COVID-19, however they are necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of all within the centre.
The interim arrangements continue to be booked on a first come first served basis. For further information, please refer to the interim guidelines on the ACTCS website.
Ray Johnson APM