Correctional centres in south-east Queensland as far north as Woodford will move to Stage 2 operations from 6pm today 28 September.
The response, triggered by Queensland Health advice and the identification of new community cases of COVID-19 in Brisbane today, affects the following correctional centres:
- Arthur Gorrie
- Brisbane Women’s
- Southern QLD
- PAH Secure Unit and
- Palen Creek, Numinbah and Helana Jones.
Under Stage 2, all personal in-person visits are suspended. Professional in-person visits, including by legal representatives, continue. Visitor restrictions include those who have been overseas or in a Queensland Health-declared hotspot/interstate area of concern in the last 14 days, or showing symptoms of cold/flu.
Wearing of masks by visitors within centres is mandatory, and movement of prisoners outside the centres will be minimised.
Production of prisoners for court attendance continues where the court requires in-person appearance (unless advised otherwise by Queensland Health). It is hoped that, where permissible by the courts, appearances by prisoners via video links can be maximised.
Prisoners may be required to isolate for 14 days on return to custody from court appearances, a timeframe which may reset upon each subsequent return to a centre from court.
Community Corrections offices remain in Stage 1 throughout Queensland at this stage.