Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention – Interim guidance
Originally published by WHO Regional Office for Europe on 15/03/2020
This interim guide was created to assist countries in developing specific plans and/or consolidating further action for prisons and other places of detention in response to the international COVID-19 outbreak. It identifies preparedness plans, prevention and control strategies, and contingency plans.The document offers guidance as to: – protect the health and well-being of people detained in prisons and other closed settings, those who work there (custodial, health-care and other staff), and people who visit prisons and other places of detention (legal visitors, family and friends of prisoners, etc.); – support the continued safe operation of prisons and other detention settings – reduce the risk of outbreaks which could place a considerable demand on health-care services in prisons and in the community; – reduce the likelihood that COVID-19 will spread within prisons and other places of detention and from such settings into the community; – ensure the needs of prisons and other detention settings are considered in national and local health and emergency planning.