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KDOC easing many pandemic restrictions for in-person visitation

by Carol Pitts last modified May 11, 2022 02:19 PM
The second weekend in May brings changes to many of the pandemic restrictions placed on in-person visitation for KDOC correctional facilities.

KDOC will be lifting many of the restrictions placed on in-person visitation. The change will take effect May 13, 2022 for Winfield Correctional Facility, and all other correctional facilities on May 14, 2022. 

Visitors, residents and staff in the visitation areas will no longer be required to wear masks. A passive screening process will be used, asking visitors and residents a series of questions about COVID-19 symptoms or contact with anyone within the last 14 days being suspected of having the coronavirus, and temperatures will no longer be taken. Appropriate physical contact will be allowed, and plexiglass barriers will no longer be used.

"Family and friends are a critical part of each resident’s support network," said Kansas Secretary of Corrections Jeff Zmuda, "and I know these past two years, particularly when all in-person visitation was closed, were enormously difficult for everyone involved.

Zmuda noted that there is always the possibility that adjustments will need to be made as KDOC continues to monitor the impact the pandemic has on congregate living situations such as those that exist in our facilities.

"But for now this is welcome news indeed," he said.

More information can be found here: Visitation In-Person — (

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