All visits suspended at SEQ prisons: Stage 3 restrictions
Due to cases of COVID-19 in the community, all South-east Queensland prisons and Community Corrections districts from the NSW border up to and including Bundaberg have moved to Stage 3 restrictions.
As you may be aware, further cases of COVID-19 have been identified at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, following the notification of a positive case for a youth worker at that facility on Wednesday this week.
This latest development has meant Queensland Health is rapidly scaling up their contact tracing and testing of COVID-19 related to the latest cases.
Accordingly, as contact tracing and testing continues, on the advice from the Chief Health Officer (CHO), a large number of our centres and offices have moved to Stage 3 Restrictions.
Effective today (22 August) all South-east Queensland prisons have moved to Stage 3 Restrictions.
All personal and professional visits including legal, service provider and official visits have been suspended to the following Queensland prisons on the advice of the Chief Health Officer (CHO):
- Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre
- Brisbane Correctional Centre
- Borallon Correctional Centre
- Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre
- Southern Queensland Correctional Centre
- Wolston Correctional Centre
- Woodford Correctional Centre
- Maryborough Correctional Centre
- Numinbah Correctional Centre
- Palen Creek Correctional Centre
- Helana Jones Centre.
Only essential workers including officers and Queensland Health staff will be permitted entry to these prisons.
Every person entering the prison will undergo health screening including thermal imaging, and new reception prisoners are subject to 14-day isolation protocols.
On advice from the CHO, all officers and essential workers entering these prisons must don a surgical face mask as PPE under the supervision of Queensland Health staff where they are unable to socially distance or are in close contact with a prisoner in excess of 15 minutes. This PPE will be provided by QCS.
Officers working in Escort and Security Branch are required to wear a surgical mask and gloves when escorting prisoners.
Community Corrections offices in Southern, South Coast, Brisbane and North Coast districts, as well as Hervey Bay and Bundaberg have also moved to Stage 3 restrictions.
This decision was made to protect the safety of our officers and the people under our care and supervision.
These arrangements will be updated as new advice is received from Queensland Health.