The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says its mandatory mask requirement for all facilities immediately.
The move came via press release before the holiday weekend.
Officials said consistently falling infection rates within prisons was the biggest factor in the decision.
“The Department remains committed to protecting the health and safety of staff, the incarcerated and parolee populations, as well as visitors,” officials said. “Thank you for your continued patience and compliance with the various COVID-19 safety protocols that have been enacted and modified throughout the pandemic, consistent with guidance from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health. As we continue to monitor COVID-19, we will issue additional guidance as necessary.”
Anyone participating in the Family Reunion Program over the age of 5 will have to be vaccinated.
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