BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation rolled out a new pandemic visitation policy this week.

The Youth Correctional Center (YCC) in Mandan began allowing outdoor family visits over the weekend, while the Missouri River Correctional Center (MRCC) in Bismarck intends to resume outdoor visitation on Friday, July 3, according to a news release from the state prison system.

The James River Correctional Center (JRCC) in Jamestown and North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck are still finalizing their reopening plans.

The YCC is allowing two adults per visit during prescribed visitation periods. The MRCC will allow one adult per visit. Both facilities stressed the importance of maintaining social distancing and disinfection.

“The coronavirus pandemic has been ever-evolving and the care and safety of our employees and the people we serve must come first,” Shannon Davison, deputy warden of transitional facilities, said in a statement. “As we continue to mitigate the coronavirus, we recognize that visitation is vitally important to our residents and their families."

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Visitors to the YCC and MRCC will be issued masks and be subject to temperature checks before entering facilities.