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Wyoming DOC allows normal prison visits to resume, begins easing other COVID-19 restrictions

A corrections officer drives toward the gates of the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. (Courtesy photo:Wyoming Department of Corrections)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Corrections (DOC) said in a press release Thursday that it has begun to ease some COVID-19 restrictions.

Normal prison visitation protocols were allowed to resume on March 1. The Wyoming DOC has also allowed normal prison classroom, programming and group sizes to resume after these were limited to 10 people under pandemic operations.

The Wyoming DOC said that it will also allow volunteers to come back into its facilities after they complete required annual training that was missed in 2021.

Director Daniel Shannon reports that the Wyoming DOC is evaluating further easing of restrictions. The department noted that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for prisons still recommend mask wearing.

The Wyoming DOC said that it will re-implement COVID-19 restrictions when and if virus outbreaks lead to a need to do so.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.