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Uganda Prisons Service Lifts Covid-19 Restrictions

By Our Reporter

 

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The Uganda Prison Services Commissioner General, Johnson Byabashaija, has lifted restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Addressing journalists during a joint security media conference at the police headquarters, Naguru, Prisons spokesperson Frank Baine announced the resumption of normal operations of all prisons in the country including court operations.

 

Visitors with proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will also be granted access.

 

Since March 2020, when the country started registering COVID cases, inmates on remand were not presented in court physically but could only appear via video link, this was intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially to the inmates.

 

The Uganda prisons services had also instituted several restrictions, among them; restricting visits to prison facilities and isolation of all new inmates.

 

Announcing the relaxing of the restrictions, on Monday, Frank Baine however, stressed that all visitors must be fully vaccinated and must follow the standard operating procedures in place including wearing face masks.

 

Baine adds that suspects will no longer have to be taken to isolation centers but will instead be received at the various police cells and other prison centers around the country.

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