UPDATED Friday 31 JULY
Suspension of Social Visits at HMP Forest Bank
A personal message to the family and friends of residents at Forest Bank
Over recent weeks, efforts have been made in the community and in prisons to ease the lockdown measures put in place to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.
Although levels of infection have reduced in the community generally, the government and public health experts emphasised that swift action would be taken to contain local outbreaks and reduce the risk of a more widespread outbreak if necessary.
On the evening of Thursday 30 July, the Health Secretary announced that due to increased levels of coronavirus transmission, additional local restrictions would be applied in a several communities across the North West, Lancashire and Yorkshire. This includes the whole of Greater Manchester.
These restrictions have implications for all prisons in these areas as well as family members and friends who live in those areas planning to visit. The current restrictions in the community state that ‘people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors’.
As a result, social visits have now been suspended in prisons situated in those communities.
In line with government and public health guidance, HMP Forest Bank has now suspending all social visits (Friday 31 July)
This decision that has been made reluctantly, knowing that it will have an impact on the lives of many people. It is, nevertheless, necessary for a temporary period in order to reduce the risk of a more widespread coronavirus outbreak.
The restrictions will be reviewed by the government based upon expert public health advice and will only remain in place as long as is necessary.
Thank you for your continued support
Please direct general enquiries to the prison switch board:
Tel: 0161 925 7000
If you have any questions/queries regarding a resident at Forest Bank please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Families Team:
Further government guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-and-prisons?dm_i=2OYA,10S05,7A50WP,3VSJ0,1#history