Corona measures in Saxon prisons gradually withdrawn

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05/20/2022, 09:34 am — Initial release (current)

Justice Minister Katja Meier thanks the staff for their commitment.

In the Saxon prisons, more normality is returning to everyday life. Beginning at the end of April, the particularly serious corona-related restrictions were gradually lifted. These had to last in the »4. Wave” in November 2021 to protect prisoners and staff. In particular, cross-ward measures can again take place in larger groups and visits without limiting the number of people. Physical contact is also possible again. Exits as important measures to promote social rehabilitation, which, among other things, serve to prepare for release from prison, can again take place under the conditions that applied before the pandemic. The basic protective measures, such as the AHA+L rule – distance, hygiene, everyday mask and ventilation – are still maintained, both for the employees and for the prisoners. Wearing a medical or FFP2 mask is also still mandatory in public areas, in medical services, in hospitals and in senior citizens’ wards.

Minister of Justice Katja Meier: »The corona pandemic has put a particularly heavy strain on the prison system. Everyday prison life poses a particular challenge even when there is no Corona, both for the staff working there and for the prisoners. I would like to thank my colleagues for their commitment to overcoming the Corona crisis in the Saxon prison system. Through their commitment, in exchange with the prisoners, they maintained the atmosphere in the prisons during the highly tense situation of the pandemic in order to get through the crisis together well. Many infection control measures were particularly painful for the prisoners. In some cases, they were only able to see relatives under considerable restrictions. I am pleased that this is now better possible again.«

As of April 30, 2022, a total of 1,071 staff and 1,063 prisoners had been infected with Corona, with the majority of infections as of fall 2021 and attributable to the omicron variant. More severe courses with hospital stays remained the exception; No deaths were recorded.

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As of May 1, 2022, 2,811 prisoners were being held in the Saxon correctional facilities.