Visitations are resuming in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and one local unit is a select few where masks will not be required.
The TDCJ released a statement on Thursday, which said in part that contact visitations will resume for all eligible inmates on July 1st. Four units have achieved 70 percent total vaccination rates, combined between inmates and staff, and the Pack unit in Grimes County is one. That means masks are no longer required at the unit, including visitors.
Any visitors 13 years or older, who shows vaccination proof two weeks prior to the visit, will not have to take a VOCID test. All others must take a COVID rapid test before entry. The visits may be two hours in length, and can consist of 2 adults and 2 children at a time.
Units are evaluated weekly for vaccination rates, and are added to the list when reaching the 70 percent threshold.
Appointments for July may begin being made Friday, June 25th, by calling the unit of assignment. Visitation times remain 1 pm to 6 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 8 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Limited visitation was recently allowed at TDCJ units, after one year of no visitations and stringent lockdown conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.