As of Monday, May 3, inmate visitations will begin at the Hopkins County Jail.
Visitations will begin Monday on a limited schedule. Jail officials say a limited number of visitors will be allowed inside the visitation area with the goal of safety in mind.
So far, the Hopkins County Jail has not had any COVID-19 cases within the inmate population.
Due to the reduced capacity of the visitation area, the inmates at the Hopkins County Jail will be limited to one visitation per month (two visitors will be allowed per inmate) to ensure that everyone has the chance to see their loved ones.
According to the jail, facemasks will be required while inside the facility and social distancing must be maintained. Failure to properly wear masks inside the facility will forfeit any remaining visit time and the ability to schedule further visits.
Additionally, inmates must have been cleared from the 14-day quarantine period to be eligible to receive visits.
Visits will be held in 30-minute increments with a 15-minute break between each visit. This is to provide enough time for staff to sanitize the visitation area between each visit to ensure the safety and health of all visitors and inmates.
Hopkins County Jailer Mike Lewis told 44News, "I know the people who are incarcerated are excited to be able to have visits, and certainly the family members are excited to get back and get to see their families. We're happy for them because it makes things a lot easier for them because it's tough. Being incarcerated is a tough time and not being able to get visits and things only makes it harder."
All visitations at the jail had been previously suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.