We are delighted to announce that we have been granted permission to re-start elements of our regime for our female residents, which includes the long-awaited return of social visits.
Female activities are re-starting from Monday 12 April, including reopening of many work areas, such as the gardens and our new hospitality suite. We also see the return of accredited programmes to support residents on their rehabilitative journey.
Social visits within the female prison will re-start from Monday 19 April. There will be restrictions in place in line with Covid-19 measures, all of which are intended to keep our residents, their visitors and our staff safe and well.
Rules in place for safe visits will include:
Unfortunately, we are not yet able to offer social visits for male residents, however we are working hard to move towards a more relaxed regime when visits will once again be possible. The recent outbreak of Covid-19 has been managed effectively and we thank our male residents for their support and cooperation in helping us to overcome this challenge. We continue to work closely with Public Health England and are happy to report a much-improved picture.
We want to be able to relax our current strict regime in the male prison as soon as we are safely able – including restarting social visits to bring families back together – however, this must be done carefully and with caution.
The speed of our progression out of lockdown conditions is likely to be slower than that out in the community, so we do ask for understanding and patience as we navigate through these challenging times.
The safety and wellbeing of both our residents and staff remains our priority.