The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidelines and Protocols sets forth expectations and assists ICE detention facility operators in sustaining detention operations while mitigating risk to the safety and wellbeing of detainees, staff, contractors, visitors, and stakeholders due to COVID-19.

These Guidelines and Protocols build upon previously issued guidance, primarily the Pandemic Response Requirements (PRR), and set forth specific requirements to be adopted by all detention facilities, as well as recommended best practices, to ensure that detainees are appropriately housed and that available mitigation measures are implemented. For facilities subject to court orders or settlement agreements regarding COVID-19, this Guidelines and Protocols document will constitute the PRR, and such facilities must continue to adhere to those orders or settlement agreements even where they impose more stringent requirements. This Guidelines and Protocols document has been developed in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is a dynamic document that will be updated as additional/revised information and best practices become available.