Prisons to reopen for visits on Nov 12

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Prisons throughout the country will allow relatives to visit inmates from November 12, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin has announced.

However, all concerned – both inmates and visitors – must follow five strict safety measures in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The five safety measures are as follows:

  1. The prison must have screening points, visit rooms must be clear, have standard ventilation, and are social distancing of 2 meters apart.
  2. The inmates must have had two doses of vaccinations, wear masks, and be screened.
  3. Relatives must have reservations in advance and have received 2 vaccinations, wear masks, and can only visit one person at a time.
  4. The staff officers who work in the visiting room must be immune and undetectable to COVID-19.
  5. The management must pre-book the visit online or by phone.

Minister Somsak has asked all prisons to co-ordinate with their provincial governors and public health officials in order to be ready to accept visitors by November 12.

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