Northern Territory Correctional Services is resuming all social and professional visits to prisoners at the Darwin and Alice Springs Correctional Centres from Saturday 10 July 2021 following the lifting of COVID restrictions at 1pm Friday 9 July 2021.
Acting Correctional Services Commissioner, David Thompson, says the move is in response to advice from the Chief Health Officer.
‘Along with social and professional visits we are also resuming visits from non-essential service providers including volunteers, official visitors and non-government organisations’, Mr Thompson explains.
‘We recognise the importance of prisoners maintaining contact and ties with family and friends and having access to professional visitors including lawyers, education and training providers.
‘Community Service Work Parties will also resume on Monday along with prisoners working in the community.
‘I appreciate everyone’s patience and compliance with the necessary restrictions over the last few weeks so we could safeguard the health and wellbeing of prisoners, staff and visitors alike during this recent COVID threat.
‘I particularly want to also thank Correctional Services staff in all locations for stepping up in these challenging times and frequently going above and beyond to do their bit to keep colleagues, prisoners and offenders safe as we continue to navigate our way through the pandemic’, Mr Thompson adds.
All visitors must still comply with all ongoing additional precautionary measures that remain in place at all custodial facilities. These include following all staff instructions, using hand sanitiser and checking in via The Territory Check-In app and any other required entry and security procedures.
For the latest updates on the NT Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic visit the coronavirus.nt.gov.au website.