Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

HARRISBURG, March 12 – Calling it the only viable decision that could be made, state Rep. Pam Snyder said putting a halt on visitations in state prisons until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, was the right thing to do.

Snyder, whose district includes two state correctional facilities, said such a move will protect corrections officers, staff members and prisoners from possibly contracting the virus from friends and family, who often travel long distances to visit, and will also help curb the virus’s spread statewide.

“I am pleased that the Department of Corrections took my concerns, as well as those from the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association seriously,” said Snyder. “These hardworking men and women already put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe. These are responsible, proactive steps to ensure staff can go home each day without having to fear spreading this virus to their friends and loved ones.”

Snyder added that information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov.