Face-to-face visits will begin again at the Mecklenburg County jail

CHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg County Detention Center will resume face-to-face visits beginning next week, according to the sheriff’s office.

Citing the decreasing COVID-19 case count, the sheriff announced in-person visitations could start again on Monday, March 21.

A plexiglass partition separates residents and visitors, the sheriff’s office said. Everyone is still required to wear masks while in the detention facility.

The sheriff’s office said the decision to begin face-to-face visitation again was made in collaboration with county public health officials and the jail’s healthcare provider, Wellpath Inc.

“This is an opportunity to reunite families safely and hopefully decrease the stress and anxiety levels of the residents and staff inside the facility,” Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a statement. “The pandemic has been a strain, but our nationally recognized protocols helped to decrease exposure and cases to a point that we can begin opening visitation again.”

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