BOSTON (AP) — Inmates at all Massachusetts state prisons will soon be allowed in-person visitors again.

The state Department of Correction in a statement Thursday said in-person visits will resume Monday at all its facilities. Visits were suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, although some minimum security and pre-release centers started allowing visitors in July.

Starting Monday, visits must be scheduled in advance, and prisoners will be limited to one visit per week, up to two people at a time. Visitors will undergo a health screening, and visitors and inmates will be required to wear face coverings. Barriers will be placed between visitors and inmates and no physical contact will be permitted.

The agency said it has had just four inmate COVID-19 cases at its facilities since July 1, all of whom contracted the virus before incarceration.

The new rules do not affect attorneys visting clients.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.