In-person visits at NYC jails to resume next week: DOC

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Family members can begin reserving time slots as in-person visits resume at New York City jails starting next week, according to the city Department of Correction.

“This is a happy occasion, and as normal services resume we expect it to have a very positive impact on the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in our facilities,” said DOC Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi.

Visits at city jails were halted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will start up again on beginning Monday June 25, according to the DOC.

Family members will be allowed to see inmates on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, during the initial launch but will have to practice social distancing, wear masks, and undergo temperature checks.

They must also complete a self-screen for COVID-19.

The televisits program will also continue to be available Saturdays and Sundays as the DOC continues to evaluate how to expand the availability of both in-person and televisitation in the coming weeks and months.

The DOC strongly encourages people to sign up for visits ahead of time.