The Commissioner General of Prisons Services, Canon Dr Johnson Byabashaija Covid-19 directives in Prison services across the country two years ago after the outbreak of covid-19 in March 2020, and these restriction included banning the public from visiting the inmates, purposely to protect them from attracting Covid-19 from the visitors.
However, following the lifting of the lockdown and the full re-opening of the economy by President Yoweri Museveni, Dr Byabashaija yesterday directed all prison Officers in Charge of all prison centres across the country to relax the directives.
Dr Byabashaija’s statement was delivered by the spokesperson of the Uganda Prison Service Frank Baine during the press briefing at Police Headquarters where he said that everything getting back to normal, so even Uganda Prison Services has to lift some Covid-19 restrictions.
Other new changes include resuming normal court operations and Prison officers have been asked to ensure strict observance of wearing masks, social distance and sanitizing both during visitations and court operations.
Officers in Charge (OCs) have also been asked to ensure that unvaccinated prisoners receive Covid-19 vaccination on entry and all the 59 isolation centres across the country have been closed.
Byabashaija however insisted that the visitors must be vaccinated.