BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Correction is suspending most visitation at its 16 facilities for two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. During this time, all inmates and staff will be tested for COVID-19.
Attorney visits and releases from custody are still allowed.READ MORE: Snoop Dogg Pays Tribute To Late Mother Beverly Tate At Boston Concert
During the pandemic, the Department launched a video visitation program that continues to grow. Phone and email communications will also be expanded at this time.READ MORE: Boston Begins Clearing Tents At 'Mass And Cass' Homeless Encampments
Inmates will still have access to medication distribution, sick calls, medical appointments, mental health contacts, showers, disinfecting of rooms, and tier time.MORE NEWS: Concord-Carlisle High School Teacher Accused Of Using Racist Slur Put On Leave