Inmates at the Cook County Jail who've received the COVID-19 vaccine can welcome visitors in person starting Sunday, the Cook County Sheriff's Office announced Friday, citing declining infection rates and a low number of positive cases.
In-person visits were suspended at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, but in June resumed at an outdoor location at the jail, according to a news release.
Under current policy, only detainees who've been vaccinated for COVID-19 are eligible for 30-minute in-person visits, which can be scheduled online. Inmates in quarantine or isolation must be medically cleared before accepting visitors, officials said.
Detainees will be permitted two in-person visits per week, which will take place in large tents outdoors. Both masks and social distancing will be required, officials said.
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Video visitation will continue to be available to all detainees, the news release stated.