MDOC: Masks recommended for jail inmates, but they are not required
Several counties had inquired about how the governor’s new Executive Order (59) applied to jail inmates.
MAC asked the Department of Corrections for guidance and was told:
“It is recommended that prisoners and staff wear masks at all times, but it is not a requirement as part of our review of jail protocols and inspections, nor is it a specific requirement of the Executive Order.
“The only thing that is required is that prisoners and staff utilize proper PPE including masks if they are in proximity of a confirmed or suspected case. The MDOC has provided masks to all of our prisoners and staff, but we also have the means or producing these types of masks within our operations, while most Sheriffs would not.
“It is just important that they secure the appropriate equipment for prisoners and staff if there is a confirmed or suspected case to help keep everyone safe.”