Further to my update on 23 July 2020, ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) continues to operate in line with public health advice. It is acknowledged that there has been further easing of restrictions within the community; however, in accordance with public health advice, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) is a ‘high-risk setting’ where all precautions possible must be taken to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19.
Given this, and the ongoing situation in Victoria and New South Wales, unfortunately ACTCS are not yet able to recommence social visits. As I have previously advised, this decision is reviewed weekly; however, it is not envisaged that this will change until the next stage of easing of restrictions is announced within the ACT.
ACTCS has clear plans in place for the reintroduction of visits and this will be done quickly once considered appropriate to do so. As previously advised, visits will operate in accordance with screening and physical distancing requirements. Detainees will also only be able to access one ‘in person’ visit per week by one adult and one child visitor, but Zoom visits will continue to operate.
When we do recommence social visits, the following changes will be coming into effect:
- Detainee visitor nomination
- Visitors reregistering with ACTCS in line with nominations
- COVID-19 screening form.
Please refer to the notice that was published on 23 July 2020 for further information regarding these changes. Further visiting arrangements will be communicated once we are able to confirm a date for recommencement.
Once again, I appreciate this is a frustrating time for all and I hope that we will be able to provide further information shortly. I am grateful for your ongoing patience and understanding, but I continue to reiterate that our actions are directly in line with public health advice and we are required to continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of all within the AMC.