NORTH TEXAS (CBSNEWS.COM) – The Bureau of Prisons announced it will begin confining federal inmates, at the more than one dozen Texas locations and across the country, to their cells for 14 days in an attempt to prevent further exposure to coronavirus.
The order is part of what the bureau is calling “Phase 5” of its plan to combat the spread of COVID-19.READ MORE: Texas Doctor Says He's Still Being Punished For Trying To Save Lives During COVID-19
There will be some exceptions to the quasi-lockdown. The bureau is permitting smaller groups for things like phone calls, laundry and showering.READ MORE: Workers Raise Big Tex For 2021 As State Fair Of Texas Set To Kick Off September 24
Previous phases of the bureau’s COVID-19 safety plan included the quarantine of newly admitted inmates at all facilities and inmates who show symptoms be isolated until they test negative for the virus or are otherwise cleared.MORE NEWS: Video: Hostess At Popular NYC Restaurant Carmine's Attacked After Asking Tourists From Texas For Vax Proof