Roadmap to Reopening of In‑Person Visiting and Video Visits

CDCR recognizes visiting is an important way to maintain family and community ties. CDCR began reopening for in-person and hybrid in-person/video visiting on April 10, 2021, with continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts in place to protect staff, incarcerated people, and visitors. Per existing CDCR protocols, visiting may be canceled at any time for any health and/or safety reason. Visit the CDCR Visiting website for all of the latest information on visiting a facility.   

Visitors should check the Facility Visiting Status page regularly for updates on the status of in-person visiting at each institution.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, fully vaccinated visitors may present their valid vaccination card indicating they are at least two weeks past the last injection in their vaccination series in lieu of a negative COVID test result. (See more details below).

Expanded in-person visiting, to include increased amount of in-person visiting time to two hours, will take effect for the weekend of visiting on May 22 and 23 for facilities that meet certain public health criteria.

Some Institutions will be able to increase the number of visitors per incarcerated person as early as May 22-23


Phase I (reporting three or more COVID-19 cases in a 14-day period)

  • Closed to in-person and family visiting, volunteers, and activities involving outside groups.  
  • Video visiting allowed as the facility is able to offer it.  

Phase II (no new outbreak for 14 days)

  • Hybrid visiting consisting of a combination of either one day in-person visiting and one video visiting; or two days in-person visiting, as determined by the Warden and CEO. 
  • Overnight family visiting not permitted. 
  • Only one visitor permitted per each incarcerated person (no minors in this phase) 
  • Effective immediately- Fully vaccinated visitors do not have to test if they can provide their vaccination card indicating they are two weeks past the final injection of their vaccination series.
  • Beginning May 22 and 23- In-person visiting will be a maximum of two hours with video visiting remaining at one-hour.  
  • In-person visiting requires symptom/temperature screening, mandatory mask wearing, and physical contact limited to a brief hug at the beginning and end of the visit. 
  • Unvaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of visit, or undergo rapid test by institution staff on-grounds. 
  • No food is allowed, but water bottles will be made available.   

Phase III

*Please note—Some institutions will be able to move to Phase III as early as May 22-23.

  • Hybrid visiting consisting of a combination of either one day in-person visiting and one video visiting; or two days in-person visiting, as determined by the Warden and CEO. 
  • In-person visiting will consist of a two-hour visit for two additional adult or minor visitors (age 2 and above), for a total of three approved visitors per incarcerated person. Child play areas may be available with COVID-19 sanitation protocols in place.  
  • Ongoing COVID-19 prevention protocols such as facial coverings, physical distancing, and entrance verbal screening and temperature check will be required.  
  • Unvaccinated visitors will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to visit.  
  • Fully vaccinated visitors are required to present their vaccination card indicating they are two weeks past the final injection of their vaccination series.  
  • Vending machine food will be allowed and water bottles will be provided in the event vending machines are not available.  

All institutions will be following public health protocols while conducting visits, including the use of masks, physical distancing and sanitation of each station following a visit. CDCR will continue to enforce visitation rules including appropriate attire.

Visitors are encouraged to reference our Frequently Asked Questions for how to schedule visits, and an overview of new protocols, including COVID-19 testing requirements.