If you have a loved one incarcerated in Colorado, you may not see them in person for an extended period of time.

According to a press release from the Colorado Department of Corrections, all in-person visits have been canceled, effective January 4, 2022, until further notice.

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Colorado Department of Corrections Decision

Due to the spread of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Corrections has decided that it is in the best interest of all involved if in-person visitations are canceled.

"The health and safety of our staff and inmates is our highest priority...These are difficult decisions as we all wish we could be back to normal, but the department is focused on trying to protect health and safety to the best of our ability."

How Long Are Colorado Prison Visits Canceled For?

At this time, in-person visitations will be canceled for at least two weeks. The Colorado Department of Corrections is working closely with public health and medical professionals to evaluate the ever-changing situation.

After the initial two-week period, officials will reconvene to assess the risks and update the public.

How to Get in Contact with A Colorado Prisoner

If you have a loved one that is incarcerated in Colorado, you can still contact them through other means of communication.

Video visits and phone calls will still be able, but physical visits are considered too risque at this time.

The Future in Colorado

While things may seem bleak right now, we can only take personal responsibility for protecting ourselves against COVID-19.

If jails and prisons are no longer accepting in-person visitors, it may be safe to assume that nursing homes and other care facilities will follow suit.

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