Unwinding of Prison Restrictions - May 4th, 2022

Unwinding of Prison Restrictions


The Irish Prison Service has today announced the lifting of a number of restrictions that were brought in for infection control reasons due to Covid-19 pandemic. The Prison Service, at a recent unwinding meeting, reviewed the remaining Covid-19 restrictions and identified a number of infection control measures that can now be lifted due to the lower levels of Covid-19 in both the community and in prisons.

In this regard, the following actions will come into effective from Monday 09th May 2022.



The Irish Prison Service intends to remove infection control screens from physical visiting booths and visits will resume in line with Prison Rules. Hospitality areas in prison visiting centres (provision of tea/coffee etc) will be permitted to resume and children’s play areas will be allow to re-open. In addition, visiting times for Open Centres will return to pre-pandemic levels.

Physical visits will remain at fortnightly intervals and weekly visits remain under review. Both prisoners and visitors will continue to wear face masks for the duration of the visit. Prisoner will continue to have access to a video visit on the week that they do not have a physical visit.

Loughan House (Open Centre)

The full resumption of all public services in Loughan House including the car wash, coffee shop, bicycle repair shop and horticulture area has been approved to re-open to the public.