ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, March 13, 2020 (CMC) – Grenada’s Superintendent of Police, John Mitchell, announced, yesterday, that inmates, at the Richmond Hill Prison, will be not be allowed visits from family and friends, nor have will there be Church visitation, on weekends.
The suspension went into effect, yesterday, and will be in place for four weeks, in the first instance.
Mitchell, who is currently the Commissioner of Prisons, said that the temporary action is part of measures, aimed at reducing transmission within the prison population, in the event Grenada has a positive confirmation of COVID-19.
“The prison, as you know, is a confined facility, and we don’t want to expose the inmates to anything that can be avoided,” said Mitchell. “This action is all part of the national preparedness response; at present, we have no suspected case, but we are being proactive, to protect the inmates.”
A notice was sent to all prison officers, advising them of the temporary protection measures.
“Please be advised, with immediate effect, there will be no visits for inmates, or visitation, until further notice,” said the notice, which is dated March 12, and displays the institution’s seal.
Grenada, in recent days, has stepped up preparedness measures to protect the island and citizens from possible infection by the Coronavirus, which was declared a global pandemic, on Wednesday, by the World Health Organisation(WHO).