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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in Correctional Centres Drawn Up

September 7, 2020

Department of Correctional Services

Directions to combat COVID-19 in correctional centres and remand detention facilities during Alert Level 2 have been drawn up.

The correctional services department published the Directions in Government Gazette 43688 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

Safety and general measures for the duration of the national state of disaster are set down.

Measures include that all inmates, upon admission to correctional facilities, must be screened in terms of established protocols, quarantined in terms of national health COVID-19 guidelines and subjected to regulatory assessments before they are detained with the general inmate population; inmates to be screened during incarceration, consultation with health care professionals and upon their release, placement or movement; all correctional officials to be screened on a daily basis; external service providers and residents on correctional services premises to be screened before entering any correctional facility; social distancing measures to apply and face masks to be worn.

The directions also focus on restrictions regarding placement, movement and release of inmates, parolees and probationers; amenities, consultations and visits and remand detainees.

In terms of remand detainees, the referral of remand detainees to court for consideration of their length of detention in terms of section 49G of the CSA will continue and the receipt of bail payments will be accepted at correctional facilities in addition to the courts.

The directions came into effect on the date of publication.