Personal visits with inmates in Ontario, Federal prisons suspended due to COVID-19

Authorities suspend personal visits with inmates

Both the Ontario government and Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) have suspended personal visits with inmates at Ontario and federal prisons.

The move was triggered on Saturday evening amid concerns about COVID-19. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said on Friday the suspension will be in place until further notice but that visits with legal counsel will continue.

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CSC said family and friends can stay in contact through video chats and telephone calls.

Inmates who serve time on the weekends and deemed low-risk in Ontario prisons will be required to attend their reporting facilities, where they will be given temporary absences from custody and permitted to return home.