COVID‑19 Protocols for Visitors

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

All incarcerated people residing in a facility in “OPEN” phase of the Roadmap to Reopening are now eligible for in-person visitation, regardless of vaccination status.

Children under the age of two are now permitted to visit – they are not required to wear a face mask, but must screen negative for COVID symptoms the day of visit.

Pre-visitation COVID testing requirements will no longer be required regardless of vaccination status. However, each visitor must self-screen negative for symptoms the day of visit. This does not apply to family visiting.

For Family Visiting: Unvaccinated  visitors shall continue to require a negative rapid or PCR COVID test no more than 72 hours prior to the visit and all visitors shall screen negative for COVID symptoms on the day of the visit.

Incarcerated people in isolation are not eligible for in-person visiting.

If staff observes visitors displaying symptoms consistent with contagious disease, the visit may be terminated. Read memo detailing important changes to visiting regulations here.

Masking Guidance

CDCR has updated masking requirements for all in-person visitors. The following guidance is effective immediately:

  • For indoor, in-person visits where the entire facility is in the OPEN Phase of the Roadmap to Reopening AND Center for Disease Control (CDC) county transmissibility rates are low: Procedure mask optional but encouraged, regardless of vaccination status.
  • For indoor, in-person visits where one or more housing units is in the OUTBREAK Phase of the Roadmap to Reopening AND/OR CDC County Transmissibility is MEDIUM OR HIGH: Procedure mask will be required for all visitors above the age of two, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are optional while outdoors.

See September 23, 2022 Memo on updated masking guidance here.

Walk-in Visiting

All incarcerated people without disciplinary restrictions are eligible for walk-in visits, regardless of vaccination status. Please see the Facility Visiting Status page for specific information relative to walk-in visits at your facility.

During a Visit

Five people may visit one incarcerated person at a time. Minors age two and under are now allowed to participate in a visit.

At the beginning and end of each visit, incarcerated persons may:

  • Briefly embrace and kiss visitors
  • Hold hands during the visit
  • Hold minor children accompanying visitor