Covid outbreak forces the closure of the Juan Grande prison to visitors

2020/09/14 14:38:56 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

This morning the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions (IIPP) ordered the closure of the Las Palmas II prison to the public, better known as the Juan Grande prison, after detecting an outbreak of coronavirus that is affecting about thirty inmates. The new measures against Covid-19 in the centre in Gran Canaria, mean the suspension of all communications, permits and only prison staff will be allowed to enter the centre.

After an inmate tested positive this weekend, a contact study was launched that has detected about thirty cases, all asymptomatic, in the module where he resides. During today tests will be carried out on the rest of the centre’s residents and workers, even though no official has tested positive for Covid-19 as yet.

The measures, which have entered into force today for an initial three weeks, are as follows:

- All communications, ordinary and special, are suspended.

- All leave, scheduled and any other exits are suspended, except for reasons of force majeure, situation of necessity, for essential judicial or health reasons.

- Access will only be allowed to civil servant and labour personnel, and to extra-prison personnel whose work is essential.

To alleviate the restriction on communications and permits for people in prison, the number of phone calls authorized by inmates will be increased, especially with their lawyers, and the use of video calls will be permitted.

The objective of these measures, which during the state of alarm ensured that not a single positive was registered inside prisons in the Canary Islands, is to protect the health of all prison employees as well as that of inmates, considered collectively vulnerable.