“As the country has been placed on lockdown, correctional facilities will function, but certain activities will be suspended and we will continue not accepting visits. Correctional officials render an essential service and they will therefore be expected to be at work,” Lamola said.
He said there was greater emphasis across all centres on prevention measures, includingscreening, improving personal and environmental hygiene, provision of personal equipment, sanitisation and decontamination interventions.
“These aspects rest heavily on behavioural change and adaptation by officials, offenders and stakeholders,” Lamola said.
He said the department has activated infection prevention control measures at all management areas with specific directives to ensure an adequate supply of protective equipment.
He said containment and treatment measures will be activated in the event that staff or inmates contract the virus.