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Updated Guidance on Visiting

UPDATED GUIDANCE ON VISITING SCOTTISH PRISONS

7 July 2021.

We recognise that the last few months have been challenging for many families across Scotland, with access to in person visits limited. We are pleased to announce that we have today updated our guidance on visiting. The main points to note are:

  • All visitors on entry to the prison must complete a COVID triage questionnaire. If visitors answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, they will not be permitted to attend the visit. The questionnaire asks:

    • Do you or any member of your household/family have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?

    • Are you or any member of your household/family waiting for a COVID-19 test result?

    • Have you travelled internationally to any country which isn’t exempt from self-isolation rules in the last 14 days?

    • Have you had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?

    • Have you tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days?

    • Do you have any of the following symptoms?

      • high temperature or fever

      • ·new, continuous cough

      • loss or alteration to taste or smell

  • Visitors will not be permitted to wear disposable gloves during their visit.

  • Hand sanitisers will be available at the entrance to the prison and visitors will be encouraged to use hand sanitisers.

  • Visitors, not from the same household, must maintain a physical distance of at least 1 metre when being escorted from the prison entrance to the visit area.

  • All visitors over the age of 5 years must wear a face mask on entering the prison, while being escorted to the visit area and until seated in the visit area.

  • People in custody may make physical contact with their visitors, such as a hug or handshake, when they first greet at the beginning of the visit and when saying goodbye at the end of the visit. The person in custody and the visitor must be wearing a face mask where there is physical contact. Anyone who is exempt from wearing a face mask/face covering must not make physical contact during the visit.

  • Visitors under the age of 5 may have physical contact throughout the visit.

  • Hand sanitiser will be available to those in custody and visitors within the visit area. Where possible hand sanitiser will be available at the table, but where this is not possible, hand sanitiser dispensers will be in place within the visit area.

  • Visit areas will be arranged to allow a 1 metre distance between each visiting group while seated.

  • Visitors and people in custody are permitted to eat or drink during the visit. Visitors must not move from their designated visit table e.g. to refresh drinks without donning a mask.

Details of local arrangements are posted on the COVID Friends and Families page. Please remember that these arrangements are subject to change, at any time, depending on local or national circumstances.