DOCCS COVID-19 Information

COVID Policies

The Department remains committed to protecting the health and safety of staff, volunteers, the incarcerated and parolee populations, as well as visitors.  As we continue to monitor COVID-19, we will issue additional guidance and may reinstate the testing of volunteers and visitors as necessary.


In September 2022, the Department rescinded the mandatory mask policy for all DOCCS Correctional Facilities. However, masks will continue to be required under the following circumstances:  

  1. when working in isolation/quarantine area(s)

  2. when an employee has been directed to wear a mask because they are in a quarantine status

  3. when an incarcerated individual is in quarantine/isolation status

COVID Prevention

It is critical that we continue to follow the safety protocols that have been put in place for everyone’s safety to stop the continued spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses as follows: 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Social distance. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, especially before you eat.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze. 

  • Avoid sharing food and utensils.

  • Report any symptoms promptly; 

COVID Resources

For more information on COVID-19 and New York’s response, visit the following websites:


New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Webpage



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Webpage