Guidance

COVID-19: prisons and other prescribed places of detention guidance

Information for prisons and other prescribed places of detention on coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Guidance for prisons and other prescribed places of detention on COVID-19 poster

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This guidance will assist healthcare staff and custodial/detention staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) in prescribed places of detention (PPDs).

Main messages are:

  • any prisoner or detainee with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature should be placed in protective isolation for 7 days
  • if a member of staff becomes unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should go home
  • staff and prisoners should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
  • prisoners or detainees who have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature but are clinically well enough to remain in prescribed places of detention (PPDs) do not need to be transferred to hospital.
  • confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) should be notified by prison or immigration removal centre (IRC) healthcare teams as soon as possible to local Public Health England Health Protection Teams
  • people who are severely unwell may be transferred to appropriate healthcare facilities with usual escorts and following advice on safe transfers
  • staff should wear specified personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities requiring sustained close contact with possible cases (see below for detail)
  • if facing multiple cases of those displaying symptoms, ‘cohorting’, or the gathering of potentially infected cases into a designated area, may be necessary
  • PPD leaders should be assessing their estate for suitable isolation and cohorting provision
Published 16 March 2020
Last updated 26 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added poster.

  2. Added guidance poster.

  3. First published.