A Personal Message to the Family and Friends of Residents at Addiewell
12 September 2020
Localised Restrictions Affecting HMP Addiewell
During recent weeks we’ve worked very hard re-introduce social visits, ensuring that we have all of the appropriate safeguards and measures in place to keep you, your loved one and our staff safe.
The Scottish Government has announced an increase in transmission levels in parts of our community and has implemented local restrictions in Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire. Added to that list last night were North and South Lanarkshire.
Unfortunately, this impacts HMP Addiewell and the loved ones of our residents who were planning to visit the prison. We have previously had to suspend the visits from anyone with a home address in Glasgow City, East and West Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire.
Regrettably this extension to the localised restrictions means that all social visits at HMP Addiewell, from those with an address in North and South Lanarkshire, are suspended with immediate effect. We understand how disappointing this news will be for you and our residents but please be assured that this decision hasn’t been taken lightly. Our priority remains to keep our staff and residents safe and healthy.
As soon as we’re able to, social visits will resume – we’ll keep you updated on this via our website and social media channels.
We will continue to provide residents with additional PIN phone credit to help you to stay in touch and video calls will continue. I would encourage you to make use of the technology, especially while social visits are suspended.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. I hope that you are able to see your loved one very soon.