Roughly four months after restricting visits because of COVID-19, Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut has resumed visitations to the general public. However, it will only be by appointments that must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
A recent statement from the adult penitentiary in conjunction with the Ministry of Health & Social Development said visitations officially resumed July 13 and will be from Monday to Saturday.
The times allotted for visits are 8:30 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 3 pm.
According to the said statement sent to our news centre by the prison’s Chaplain, Walter Barrett, there are new safety protocols that visitors will be subjected to when they arrive at the facility.
“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, HMP has taken steps to ensure that health and safety measures are being observed. As such, no more than two persons will be permitted to visit an inmate at a time. Additionally, all visitors are advised that they must wear a face mask when visiting the prison,” the statement read.
It continued: “Upon arrival, all visitors will have their temperature checked by the Gate Officer with an infrared thermometer. Persons who register a temperature above 100.4 degrees fahrenheit, who have a persistent cough or sneeze or who exhibit any flu-like symptoms will not be permitted to enter the facility. All visitors must present a valid picture ID upon arrival.”
In the meantime, religious organisations can resume their “their regular days and times of service at the prison,” the statement further said.